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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 10, 2016,  come to Laws Museum for the RAILWAY EXPRESS.  a holiday celebration with rides in DV#5 rail car, games, prizes, goodies to eat, carol singing, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, story telling and many other things.  Participants include Altrusa, Laws Museum, Bishop Chamber of Commerce, and many others.  For ticket information contact the Bishop Chamber of Commerce at (760) 873-8405.

  • 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.

  • Saturday September 9, 2017 LAWS GOOD OLD DAYS! Bring the family to enjoy an afternoon of Pioneer crafts demonstrations, live music, and the famous pie auction! 

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

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.

Download the event Request Form and send it to the Museum by mail, or contact us, or by phone at 760-873-5950.

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.

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