National Automobile Museum
10 South Lake St., Reno, NV 89501
Museum Day Hours of Operation: 9:30 am ‐ 5:30 pm
Don’t miss “One of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums.” National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) has a “Wow!” factor not often found in a museum. You’ll see more than 200 eye-popping cars set among period perfect street scenes. The displays bring history to life! See a hardware store here and a movie theater there, accompanied by artifacts from each era. Audio tours in English and Spanish are included with admission price, allowing visitors to meander through street scenes and galleries at their own pace. Daily guided tours at 1:30 pm are included in admission as well. The Museum is located on the corner of Lake and Mill Streets in downtown Reno with plenty of free parking.
June 17, 2016-Ongoing
Shortly after motor cars emerged, people became fascinated with speed, endurance, and pushing the limits. See cars that competed from Indy to the trecherous roads of Mexico. View fascinating photos of European racing from 1903 to 1925 produced from the glass plate negatives of Henri Louis Meurisse.
World War II Hits Home features vehicles from the Tony Harrah Military Museum and the story of WWII on the home front of our country and in Nevada. America’s auto makers focused their massive resources on Victory producing ammunition, tanks, aircraft and much more, as well as secret projects like the Liberator pistol. Discover the commitments of ordinary families, tales of wartime romance, impacts on daily life, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field in Nevada. Collectibles and artifacts from private collections enrich the story beyond textbook accounts. See trench art crafted from shell casings, the souvenirs of war slipped back into the country, and treasured medals and mementos. It was a time when the “greatest generation” embraced our country with loyalty, purpose and humbleness and shaped the course of history.
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