NC Transportation Museum to reopen to public Thursday after COVID-19 shutdown

Published 12:35 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SPENCER — The N.C. Transportation Museum will open to the public Thursday with a new outdoor-only self-guided tour, the Transportation Trail.

A news release said the walking tour and other new procedures will be in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including:

  • A one-way directional path through the museum grounds.
  • Online/no contact ticket purchase.
  • Drive-up booth ticket purchase for those who do not buy in advance.
  • Hand sanitizer stations and increased frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.
  • Protective barriers at ticket sales and information desks.
  • The gift shop open with limited capacity.

Areas that remain closed include:

  • All exhibit buildings.
  • Children’s play area.
  • Picnic shelters.

Train and turntable rides will not be offered at this time.

Transportation Trail self-guided tours are offered at a reduced rate, $3 per person, for ages, 3 and up. Children 2 and under are free. Sales tax and ticket fees apply.

Visit for online purchases. Tickets are on sale now.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Wear a cloth face covering; wait in line at least 6 feet away from others and wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

The museum said people who are experiencing symptoms of illness should postpone their visit.