Become an N.C. Transportation Museum Member

Members of the North Carolina Transportation Museum receive special benefits here in Spencer, but most importantly, your membership supports museum programs, so we can keep offering the fun and educational events that keep you coming back again and again! Below you will find an overview of the benefits you receive.
All memberships are for one year and include the following basic benefits, with additional benefits for certain membership levels as noted:
 
• Free admission and train rides (excludes premium events1)
• 10% discount on most Gift Station merchandise
• Advance opportunity to purchase excursion and Polar ExpressTM tickets during our Members-Only Pre-Sale
• Discounts on select events and programs, including Easter Bunny Express, Rail Days, National Train Day and other events at our discretion. Unfortunately, no discount is available for Polar Express or off-site excursions due to overhead costs to offer these events. 
• Subscription to ShopTalk our member/donor magazine
• Recognition in ShopTalk as a member
• Invitation to annual Members Day event
• Reciprocal admission benefits at more than 300 museums worldwide through the Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program2
• Support of a great cause!

1) Premium Events are defined as any special event that requires visitors to pay a fee that is higher than General Admission. Many Premium Events take place throughout the site, so no General Admission option is available on those days and ALL visitors on site are required to pay the Premium Event Admission. 
2) Some exclusions may apply. Download a list of Passport Program participants and restrictions here.
 
You can join or renew online using the links below, while you're here at the NCTM for a visit, by calling 704-636-2889, ext. 228. Or, if you'd prefer, print and mail this form with your payment to: NCTMF Membership, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159.

Please note that effective January 1, 2015, in accordance with N.C. General Statute 105-164.4(a)(10), we are required to charge state and county sales tax (effective rate of 7%) on the admission portion of membership dues. 
 
Membership Level Persons Covered Dues Benefits
Brakeman (Join/Renew) Individual

$45 +
$3.15 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Senior Brakeman (Join/Renew) Individual, age 60+
 

$35 +
$2.45 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Student Brakeman (Join/Renew) Individual, ages 3-17

$35 +
$2.45 sales tax

All Basic Benefits
Switchman (Join/Renew)
(NEW OPTION)
Any Two Individuals $60 +
$4.20 sales tax
All Basic Benefits
Fireman (Join/Renew) Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$80 +
$5.60 sales tax
All Basic Benefits
Plus: Discounts on Birthday Caboose
& Tracks of an Engineer
Conductor (Join/Renew) Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$150 +
$10.50 sales tax
All Fireman Benefits
Plus: 2 Diesel Cab Rides (value of $40)
and Half Off Select Special Events
Engineer (Join/Renew) Two Adults plus up to four
minor children or grandchildren
(ages 3-17) in same family
or household
$300 +
$21 sales tax
All Fireman Benefits
Plus: 4 Diesel Cab Rides and
Free Select Special Events
 
PLUS Membership Options: For larger families or families with additional caregivers, PLUS options allow you to add additional children (ages 3-17 and in the same household) or ONE additional adult (grandparent, babysitter, etc.) to family-level memberships. Please add $10.70 in dues for each PLUS child and $16.05 for a PLUS adult (includes sales tax). To take advantage of the PLUS option when joining/renewing online, you will need to select the "other amount" option on the second page of the online form. Add the default dues amount listed and the applicable PLUS dues, then enter the total dues in that field. Please include a note in the comments field when you reach the payment form that you would like to add a PLUS membership(s). If you add a PLUS adult, please include his/her name in the comments field as well. Only one PLUS adult may be added to a family-level membership. Switchman and Brakeman level memberships are not eligible for PLUS memberships.
 
If you have additional questions on the NCTM Membership program, please call Membership Director Misty Ebel Stach at 704-636-2889, ext. 228 or email membership@nctrans.org.

The museum's membership program is operated by the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, a non-profit group that provides support for preservation efforts and educational programs at the museum. A portion of your membership dues may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax preparer.
 
The North Carolina Transportation Museum and Foundation rely on your donations to help us acquire and maintain important historical artifacts. And with your help, we can continue to open up the history of transportation to people, old and young.