New exhibit, “Bill Harrah – A Retrospective” is now open!

Today is the day! Our newest exhibit, “Bill Harrah – A Retrospective” is now open! September 2, 2020 would have been William “Bill” Harrah’s 109th birthday. However, for the first time in nine decades, there is no longer a Harrah name on an active Reno gaming establishment. In tribute to,

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Win a Ride in a Museum Car

You read that correctly! Every new membership purchased between June 1 and September 30, 2020 will be entered into a drawing for the member to win a chance to go for a ride around the Museum parking lot in one of the Museum cars. Three lucky winners will be chosen.

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We’re Open!

After a 77-day closure, we re-opened on June 1, 2020. We’ve worked hard to re-open and provide you a relatively risk-free entertainment experience during these uncertain times. Accordingly, the following modified procedures will be in effect until further notice: • Admissions will be limited to no more than 50% of

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Disney Relics, Fresh Paint, The Museum is Open

The National Automobile Museum has announced they will officially open their doors to the public this Monday, June 1, 2020. This announcement comes in the wake of the Phase 2 re-opening roll-out from Nevada state Governor Sisolak.   The Museum closed its doors nearly 65 days ago, losing immediate revenue

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What Color Black Do You Want?

What Color Black Do You Want? In his 1922 autobiography, Henry Ford said that in 1909 he told his management team, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”  Some historians are not sure he uttered those exact words, but

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The DIY Automotive Movement

The DIY Automotive Movement The Metz Company was a pioneer automobile maker established by Charles Herman Metz of Waltham, Massachusetts from 1908 to 1922. Metz had one of the most unique Do-It-Yourself kits in the industry. But they were not the first to enter the DIY market. Beginning in 1899, A.L.

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The 1952 Allstate

Online shopping is big now, even for automobiles. But in 1952, the internet was still decades away (1983), and it would be seven more years before the World Wide Web (1990). But there was something almost as good: The Sears Catalog. Sears Department Stores began in 1886, but their catalog

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The MotoMeter

The MotoMeter One of the fun ways to enjoy the National Automobile Museum is to examine the various styles of radiator caps. They range from metal sculptures of classic nudes and racing greyhounds to flying birds and Indian chiefs. But one of the simplest, and most appropriately named, is the

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