The Sparks Heritage Museum boasts 4000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and an outdoor train exhibit consisting of a Steam Locomotive, a Caboose and a Pullman Business Car. Using artifacts to tell the story, the exhibits give a sense of the rapid changes northern Nevada has undergone, from ranching and mining to the introduction of the railroad and into modern times. Tours can be arranged by appointment.

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Elements of Nature

by Karen Barrenechea Art Exhibit

November 5th through December 20th


November 16 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sparks Heritage Museum will display “Elements of Nature” by Karen Barrenechea November 5th through December 20th. This collection will be a representation of Karen’s boundless creative range. Many exceptional pieces of her works will be available for sale.

Artist Reception Event November 16th. 

Help Sparks Heritage Museum Support Local Artist. Visit the the gallery during business hours to view for free.

First Saturday Lecture Series is presented free each month. Promotional support comes from the City of Sparks Tourmark Funding. 


When visiting the museum, your smartphone is your guide. Download the Sparks Historic Tours downloadable app to your device for a self guided tour of the museum,  followed by a walking tour of historic downtown Sparks. Experience the past with historic photos, facts, and stories. Get the app in the App Store, Google Play, or scan the QR code to the right.

The Sparks Museum is operated by volunteers and relies on memberships and donations to operate. 

These programs have been funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Nevada Humanities, Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Sparks. A special Thank You for the support.

Sparks Museum will close due to severe weather and Holidays. Event calendar has complete list of activities.