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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Automotive Mascots Exhibit

July 26  through August 31 


Through the month of August, Sparks Heritage Museum will display a unique collection of Automotive Mascots, known as hood ornaments. A spectacular exhibit from this private collection of vintage mascots from the past 60 years can be seen all month. These OEM “Original Equipment of Manufacturer” are from 1902 thru 1950’s and include both European and American.                                                                                  


3rd Thursday August 15th 

3rd Thursday Events Scheduled 4-9 pm on Victorian Square.

Museum is free and open at 11 AM with extended hours to 7 PM. The train & schoolhouse will be open 4 PM to 7 PM.

Each 3rd Thursday of the month Sparks Museum is open from 11 am with extended hours. Train, Glendale Schoolhouse, and the museum will be open with Free Admission. There will be Art presentations, music, food and fun to be had by coming down to Victorian Square.

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When you stop by the museum, your smartphone is your guide. Use the Sparks Historic Tours downloadable app for a 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.  In 2014 the museum received funding to support educational programs which included free school tours, a free downloadable app walking tour of downtown Sparks, the NV150 Sesquicentennial Events Series – Celebrating 150 years of Nevada History and Heritage culminating with the Western Heritage Festival.

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.