Planning Your Visit
The N.C. Transportation Museum is located about five minutes off I-85, about an hour's drive from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem.
From I-85, use Exit 79 and follow the brown Historic Sites signs. You will turn left onto Hwy. 29 (Salisbury Avenue). The museum will be on your left.
From Statesville, take I-40 to I-77 South (Exit 152). From I-77 take exit 49A (G. Bagnal Blvd.) which is Highway 70. Travel Hwy 70 for 21.5 miles to the Salisbury Mall. Go straight past the mall and Rowan Regional Medical Center. Turn right onto Clubhouse Drive (at the “To 29” sign). Follow Clubhouse Dr., veering left until you reach the light at Main St. Turn left. Go 2 miles, passing through downtown Spencer. Pass SunTrust Bank and the Fire Dept. on the left and the museum entrance will be on the right. (Approximate drive time: 45 minutes)
Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule (March 1- October 31)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Winter Schedule (November 1 - February 28)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday
NOTE: Special events may require special rates and involve special operating hours (Streamliners at Spencer: May 29 - June 1, Day Out With Thomas: Sept. 26 - 28 and Oct. 3-5, Christmas events, etc.)
Closed for New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Admission and Parking
An admission charge became effective July 1, 2011 at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Find admission rates on the home page (left side). Visitors can view the site and ride the train with a single ticket. Admission varies for special events.
Parking is free. Spaces are available for buses and trailers. Space may be limited during certain special events.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wherever possible, access to exhibits is facilitated by wheelchair lifts and our friendly staff. Certain exhibits and programs do have limited accessibility due to narrow door openings on railroad passenger cars. For additional details, please contact us.
The site is walking-intensive, but wheelchairs are available on loan, a shuttle bus runs between facilities on weekends, and handicapped persons or those with difficulty walking may drive between facilities (please contact one of our friendly visitor services staff upon your arrival).
Old US 29/70 runs parallel to I-85 on the west side from Lexington to Concord. Most exits between Lexington (Exit 85) and Concord (Exit 60) allow access to US 29/70 (sometimes called Old Salisbury Road).
From Charlotte traveling north, use you may Exit 60, 63, 68, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75 or 76, go west over the Interstate and follow the road you are on until it intersects US 29/70. Turn right (north) and follow U.S. 29/70 through Salisbury (Main Street). Go two miles from downtown Salisbury into downtown Spencer. The N.C. Transportation Museum will be on your right.
From Greensboro traveling south, use Exit 85, 83, or 81, go west and follow the road until it intersects U.S. 29/70. When you enter Spencer, the road will be called Salisbury Avenue. The museum is located at 411 South Salisbury Avenue, with the entrance just north of the center of the town of Spencer.
For maps, call the Rowan County Visitor Information Center at 704.638.3100 or 800.332.2343 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.