Wheels Museum

Wheels Museum is a 501(c)3 organization in the Albuquerque Rail Yards dedicated to collecting, preserving, and creating educational exhibits about the history of transportation in Albuquerque and New Mexico with emphasis on the impact on the development of the area. Our collections embrace the history of the railroads, the impact of the rail yards on Albuquerque, as well as automobiles, horse and wagon, and other modes of transportation.

Wheels Museum is now open Monday – Thursday and on Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm and by appointment. Note: As museum hours are subject to change without notification and may be different during special events, please call (505) 243-6269 prior to your visit.  

Wheels Museum is located on the site of the historic Santa Fe Railroad Shops in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Built-in 1914, the Albuquerque shops serviced steam locomotives operating on the Santa Fe Railroad.

Wheels Museum is currently housed in what the Santa Fe Railyards once referred to as The Storehouse, a long and narrow structure built in 1914, in which was kept an enormous inventory of all manner of parts and supplies for the larger maintenance shops and the entire Santa Fe railroad system in general. Please call (505) 243-6269 or e-mail: info@wheelsmuseum.org for more information.




Wheels Museum does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

2 thoughts on “Wheels Museum

  1. The Wheels Museum is a gem in the middle of the city’s Rail Yards. The collection has evolved from a majority of space dedicated to model train sets to a wide variety of wheeled vehicles from antique bikes to old fire engines and finally to a horse drawn milk wagon from Albuquerque’s past.
    As a model train nut I visited the museum and was hooked – volunteering for a time and displaying one of my model train sets there.

    For the past many years The Wheels Museum has invited the Film Tech students from CNM (Central NM Community College) to film in the museum and to use the facility as a base camp while they shot in the Rail Yards. These are very generous people – The Wheels Museum deserves support !!!

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