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National Automobile Museum Celebrates 20th anniversary with free Admission Nov. 5

museum logoThe National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Thursday by offering free admission all day.

From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday enjoy the award-winning museum, all the special exhibits, two films in the theater and have a piece of cake to celebrate the milestone.

Costumed historic characters will bring history to life in galleries throughout the museum during the anniversary celebration.

Two special exhibits are included in the anniversary celebration free admission day.

  • Movie Cars: Cinematic Stars on Wheels featuring the actual cars that appeared in popular films.
  • On The Road with Alice Ramsey – detailing the adventures of the spunky young woman who was the first female to drive across the United States.

The National Automobile Museum is located on the corner of Lake and Mill streets. Parking is free in the museum lot. For more information on the National Automobile Museum, visit or call (775) 333-9300.

Auto museum opens art exhibits

carhenge_1When auto buffs think of Reno-Tahoe, it usually conjures up images of classic hotrods cruising the streets during Hot August Nights. But the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno is giving them something new to look at.

Three new art exhibits at the museum showcase America’s (and the world’s) love affair with the automobile, and give museum-goers a new excuses to check out the museum and the ever-changing collection of antique and classic cars.

  • The Art Collection of Bill and Jo Janowski showcases speed, emotion and adventure with artwork that takes moments of time and translates them into the art of the automobile in contemporary form.  Racing is the common thread for the exhibit and specific cars, legendary drivers and activities of the sport are the primary subjects. Featured artists include Bill Neale, Niles Nakaoka and Lawrence Braun, all members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.
  • The Roadside Attractions exhibit showcases photography by Howard Goldbaum through June 8.  During a 15,000-mile trip across the nation, Howard Goldbaum explored the artifacts of the American roadway. His photographs capture a unique element of Americana, “roadside attractions” that express the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Even in Africa is a new series of original paintings by Reno artist Robert Cinkel depicting automobiles from the Museum’s collection in intriguing locales. It will be an ongoing display.  The automobiles are pictured under a starry sky in the Nevada desert, in India, Egypt and “Even in Africa.”

The National Automobile Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children ages 5 and younger are free. Parking is free. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit