Special Events

The eleven acre Laws Museum grounds serves as a venue for a variety of activities.  Many are sponsored by the Bishop Museum and Historical Society, and many others take advantage of our facilities for privately sponsored activities. Some of the Museum sponsored activities available this year are: 

  • Saturday May 6, 2017 and Saturday October 7, 2017.  Our famous semi annual CHOO CHOO Swap Meet  will be held at the Tri-County fairgrounds.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017 Laws Railroad Museum Picnic Concert featuring Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and the Right Hands 5:00 PM Picnic and Brill Car Train Rides, 6:30 PM Laurie Lewis Concert!  Click here for tickets!

  • September  22-24 – Live steam train at Laws Museum! ‘The Slim Princess Reunion”, bringing the SP#18 from Independence CA to Laws Museum to run on the original Southern Pacific narrow gauge tracks for the first time since 1954! Carson and Colorado Railway, www.carsoncolorado.com, working in cooperation with Laws Museum, will be offering public viewing and rides in Caboose SP #401 behind #18 on these dates. Advance tickets will be on sale soon (date to be announced).

  • Death Valley Railroad Car rides are scheduled for the holiday weekends from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and other times as warranted.  Download the 2017 Brill Car Schedule HERE!

How about your Special Event?  The museum grounds are available for private special events such as weddings and receptions, birthday parties, reunions, etc., you name it.

Weddings, Receptions and Birthday Parties and Reunions:  The Museum staff will work with you and/or your party coordinator regarding scheduling, facility needs, etc., to help your activity be a success.

For more information email us or contact by phone at 760 873-5950:  or you may download the event  Request Form and mail it to us.

Special Train Rides:  Private party train rides may be arranged through the Museum Office.  We are available for weddings, birthday parties or any special event.  The Death Valley Railroad car holds 34 passengers in. comfortable seats and rents for $100 for two hours (including operating crew). The crew will do photo "run-bys", as requested, in addition to normal rides.  "Old Smokey", the mine train, is very popular for children's birthday parties and rents for $50 for two hours including operating crew.  Both trains are available for commercial filming on the Museum grounds.

Photography, Filming, and Videos:  To view our policy and fee schedule for filming events, click here.

How to find us

Laws Railroad Museum is located 4.5 miles north of Bishop, off U.S. Hwy 6.
GPS coordinates are Lat. 37.401, Long. 118.346.

see map here

Operated by

Bishop Museum & Historical Society
PO Box 363 Bishop, California 93515


(760) 873-5950




10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Summer hours 9:30 am to 4:00 pm daily

Reception Center closed on Thursdays January-March   Museum grounds remain open


Admission by donation.