Museums - Automobile

Car lovers, rejoice! Nevada’s selection of fabulous automobile museums is just the thing to satisfy your car cravings, no matter what end of the state you visit. In Reno, the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) features over 200 classic and rare eye-popping vehicles, with many from the personal collection of the late William “Bill” Fisk Harrah. The museum is listed in Car Collector magazine’s “Top Ten Museums” and ranks among the top 16 car museums in the world according to AutoWeek magazine. And it’s easy to see why. In addition to its magnificent collection of vintage and special interest vehicles, the National Automobile Museum boasts one of the world’s finest horse-less carriage collections. Four authentic street scenes represent each quarter of the 20th century bring displays to life - a department store here, a movie theater there - all accompanying artifacts from each era. Even details like the museum’s exterior color, a popular 1950s car paint known as “Heather Fire Mist,” are car-centric. Audio tours let you explore the museum at your own pace. It is located at the corner of Lake and Mill streets in downtown Reno.

Heading to the southern end of the state, visitors will find both The Auto Collections in Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace and Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Collection. The popular Las Vegas tourist destination stands out thanks to its outrageous collection of automotive treasures – each of which is available for purchase. From Johnny Carson’s 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan, which got him to his senior prom, to Hollywood cars like the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback dubbed “Eleanor” in the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” The Auto Collections is a serious compilation of cars. And if price is no concern, take a look at the historic 1928 Mercedes-Benz S Tourer, valued at a mere $4,000,000. In Laughlin, car fans can’t miss Don Laughlin’s Classic Car Collection, featuring over 80 exotic, historic and downright rare vehicles. The collection is divided into two exhibits on the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino property and includes automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from every era. Look for the old limousines driven by infamous figures, cars straight out of Hollywood blockbusters, even a bike once owned by Steve McQueen. And best of all, a tour of the impressive collection is absolutely free of charge. For another free tour, swing by the Shelby American manufacturing facility at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Research and Development Center. Visitors will find a museum on-site featuring a selection of its famous Shelby cars, from vintage models up to the latest and greatest.

With these fabulous choices, there’s no end of automotive wonders to explore in Nevada. Who knew the Silver State had so much to offer the car buff?