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Sparks Museum Endowment

This endowment fund will generate a stream of income to fuel the museum’s mission to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Sparks and the Truckee Meadows for years to come.

Sparks’ proud railroad heritage is apparent in its historic downtown where the museum is located. A vintage steam locomotive, cupola caboose, and Pullman executive car are displayed along with a depot replica, the restored one-room Glendale Schoolhouse and a monument to the Chinese rail workers. Inside the museum visitors explore 4000 square feet of engaging exhibits. Using artifacts to tell the story, exhibits communicate the rapid changes the region has undergone from ranching and mining to the introduction of the railroad and into modern times, including the significant role the region has played in the Space program.

The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center’s changing gallery features unique displays focusing on the arts, sciences, history and the rich diversity of the region and its people. A variety of educational programs for adults and families are offered throughout the year.

The nationally registered historic building, which forms the cornerstone of the Museum, was rehabilitated and opened as a Cultural Center in November 2011 thanks to a community effort. The Museum now offers expanded Arts and Humanities programming in addition to exhibits and collections.


The Museum depends on upon membership fees, donations, and the service volunteers to operate.  Funding for operations is not provided by the City or the State.  Revenues are also generated through the Gift Shop and the Facility Rentals. We encourage you to become a Member, make a Donation, or become a Volunteer so that the museum can continue to provide invaluable educational services to the community, as well as preserve our shared heritage for future generations.

The Team

The Museum is primarily Volunteer operated and has only one full-time employee.