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North Carolina Transportation Museum

411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
+1 704-636-2889
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A living window to railroad history

I would classify the NCTM as more of a "living museum" than a classical static exhibit destination... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mebane, North Carolina
Somewhat disappointing

This place has an excellent exhibits and histories of railroading in and around North Carolina. It... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jjcfwood .
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411 S. Salisbury Ave, US 70, Spencer, NC 28159
+1 704-636-2889
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I would classify the NCTM as more of a "living museum" than a classical static exhibit destination. Here, visitors get to see wonderfully preserved examples of historic transport including automobiles, airplanes, a couple boats and of course trains. What's more is that visitors also get...More

Thank LeebytheSea35
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has an excellent exhibits and histories of railroading in and around North Carolina. It has a number of interactive exhibits. However, the 25 minute train ride had no narration so you did know what was alongside the tracks. The non-railroad exhibits were lacking...More

Thank jjcfwood .
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent over two hours here thoroughly enjoying the historical displays of steam trains. There are lots of opportunities for hands-on activities, including a huge sandbox for the very young. I recommend taking the 20 minute train ride, especially if members of your family have...More

1  Thank authored
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While planning a trip to the Charlotte area, we started looking for things to entertain a 4-year-old and a 37-year old. We found the N.C. Aviation Museum, housing the airliner famously landed in the Hudson. This is not that story. My wife found the NC...More

2  Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my son to the "Easter Bunny Express" here and he absolutely loved it. The entire place was well maintained and the staff were attentive. My 96 year old grandfather also accompanied us and the museum had ample parking for him to get close....More

Thank Lynn H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A local friend took us to this museum which highlighted many facets of the transportation industry, but focuses primarily on railroad history. Part of the facility consisted of a large, still functioning roundhouse. Many restored rail cars and engines are on display and you can...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

What a delightful day! Our older son booked a railroad experience where he got to engineer and engine. He invited us along and it was awesome. The museum is fun, clean, and very educational. We had a train ride, visited the roundhouse and saw antique...More

Thank NeeNee37377
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Upon pulling up to the place saw why they say arrive an hour and half before train pulls off BECAUSE there is little parking in the paved parking lot and it was packed. Card were parked at the entrance in the grass all the way...More

Thank Tashawnda A
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I went to see one of the few attractions in Spencer while visiting family. It's a large spot with lots of trains, cars, planes and trolley cars. It needs better signage but was fun to wander around on a nice day. They...More

Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The staff was nice enough and this would be something to see for train enthusiasts interested in history, but this was not something I would recommend for small children (who are the only ones really interested in the Easter Bunny, right?). We were advised to...More

1  Thank johaynes
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What is the street address?
20 April 2017|
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Response from Dave V | Reviewed this property |
411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC 28159 is the address I used on my GPS.
admission fee, senior, group, aarp, aaa.
1 September 2016|
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Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
The admission price depends on whether or not one wants to do the train ride. If I remember correctly, admission without the train ride is 6 dollars and admission with the train ride is 12 dollars. I expect there are... More
Could you tell me if a bathroom is available on the train ride?
29 March 2015|
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Response from Barbara S | Reviewed this property |
There are restrooms at the train station. The ride is only about 1/2 hour or so. It backs up fro the trainstation for just a few minutes, then switches and goes forward. It goes down the entire track for about 10 minutes... More