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, December 9, 2018  The Railroad Express!  3rd Annual Event. Families can enjoy train rides, live entertainment, crafts & visits with Santa. 10AM-4PM at Laws Railroad Museum. Organized by Bishop Chamber of Commerce.  Call 760-873-8405 for info.  Limited tickets available.

  • Saturday May 5, 2018 and Saturday October 6, 2018.  Our famous semi annual CHOO CHOO Swap Meet  will be held at the Tri-County fairgrounds.

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




Winter Hours (September through May) 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Summer Hours (June through August)  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

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


Admission by donation.