National Automobile Museum

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National Automobile Museum
Entrance on Lake St
Established 1989
Location Reno, Nevada
Type Automobile museum
Collection size 200+ cars
Automotive Research Library

The National Automobile Museum, located just south of the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, displays historic automobiles from the late 19th century and from throughout the 20th. Most of the vehicles displayed are from the collection of the late casino owner William F. Harrah, and so the museum is sometimes referred to as The Harrah Collection.

The museum's holdings of over 200 cars[1] are spread over four galleries.[2] Gallery 1 showcases cars built during the 1890s & 1900s, Gallery 2 features cars from the 1910s to 1930s, Gallery 3 the 1930s through to the 1950s, and Gallery 4 displays cars from 1950 onwards.[2] Gallery 4 also includes race cars and the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame.[2] Each gallery is linked by a themed "street", featuring vehicles as well as faux shop fronts.

Celebrity owned cars include;[3]

Movie featured cars include;[5]

The Golden DeLorean at the National Automobile Museum

The collection includes examples from marques such as; Auburn, Bugatti, Cord, Duesenberg, Ferrari, Franklin, Jaguar, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Pierce-Arrow, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Stutz.[6] Also on display is one of three 24kt gold plated DeLorean DMC-12s built for American Express, a "Jerrari", a Jeep Wagoneer fitted with a V-12 Ferrari engine and formerly used for winter driving by William F. Harrah, and the only surviving prototype of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car.

The Museum has been named in the 'Top Ten Museums' by Car Collector magazine, one of "America's Five Greatest Automobile Museums" and one of the top sixteen auto museums in the world by AutoWeek, and has been repeatedly selected as the best museum in Northern Nevada by Nevada Magazine's annual reader's poll.[7]


  1. ^ History tab at
  2. ^ a b c Museum Map at
  3. ^ Modern Street tab at
  4. ^ "John Wayne's 1953 Corvette #51". 
  5. ^ Film Noir tab at
  6. ^ Auto/Vehicle collection tab at
  7. ^ Welcome tab at

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Coordinates: 39°31′33″N 119°48′35″W / 39.52586°N 119.80960°W / 39.52586; -119.80960