NC Transportation Museum reopens exhibits buildings

NC Transportation Museum reopens exhibits buildings
The N.C. Transportation Museum’s exhibit buildings will open to the public in a limited capacity beginning Sept. 5. (Courtesy NC Transportation Museum)

SPENCER, N.C. — Now you can see more planes, trains and automobiles at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The museum has opened its indoor exhibits in a limited capacity.

Since May, the museum grounds have been open for an outdoor-only walking tour. Now the following buildings are open again:

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• Barber Junction Visitor Center - Open for ticket sales and visitor orientation.

• Back Shop - See large displays of railroading, automotive and trucking, and aviation equipment.

• Bob Julian Roundhouse - See steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, aviation displays surrounding the Wright Flyer replica and more.

• Flue Shop - See the Bumper to Bumper automotive exhibit.

• Storehouse #3 - Children’s activities.

• Master Mechanic’s Office Exhibit Spaces - Currently hosting Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

The buildings will be limited to no more than 50% of the stated fire code capacity, with space available for social distancing throughout.

Picnic shelters have also been arranged with fewer tables and more space in between.

Train and turntable rides are not being offered at this time and the museum’s outdoor play area and theater remain closed.

Visitors can take advantage of the museum’s online, contact-free ticketing. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at the Barber Junction Visitor Center, where social distancing markers and plexiglass shields will separate staff from visitors.

Staff members will perform ongoing and routine cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas and hand sanitizer stations are available across the museum grounds. Face masks are required for all employees and visitors who are within six feet of other people.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.

Visit nctrans.org for more information.

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