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History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia

Center in the Square, One Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-5770
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Ranked #18 of 29 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Sep 8, 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Small but friendly knowledgeable staff, nice to see and learn history, clean good for all ages. Just want to see more

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HMWVA, Visitor Services Coordinator at History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the History Museum of Western Virginia. We are glad you found our staff friendly and knowledgeable! We appreciate any feedback from our visitors and expansion is always something we thinking about. More

Danville, VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great historical presentation of the development of the Roanoke Valley, from the early native American tribes to modern times. Many artifacts and a some recreations, lots of signage and explanatory panels. Interesting for adults, but I suspect most children, especially young children, would be bored.

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HMWVA, Visitor Services Coordinator at History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for visiting the History Museum of Western Virginia! We appreciate your feedback and are happy to know you found our exhibits interesting. While exhibits take years to plan and complete we are working on a children's exhibit on the region and appreciate suggestions from all of our visitors. We hope to see you again! More

Floyd
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We made a day of several museums in the area and this is one of the better ones. The exhibits were well planned and descriptive and interesting to a wide variety of age groups. There wasn't a lot to see but what was there was done well.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

It's tiny but packed with stuff. You can skim over the surface or let yourself get totally pulled back through time - the choice is yours

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Bedford, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

While small compared to larger cites the museum was very well done with an assortment of displays now that the renovation is complete. From early Native American life up to the present day the displays take your through the regions history. Tailored to adults and older students we found it very easy to understand the signage and vocal/media displays. Tip-... More

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alexandria, VA.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were given a first class description of Roanoke by a first class receptionist. She gave us excellent directions to the various museums in the area. The history museum itself was more that worth seeing.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Although the sign on the door said the Museum was open while we were there, the door was locked. We rang the bell and one of two employees sitting in our "We're closed because of the weather"--the weather was fine and every other business/museum in Roanoke was open; there were people walking and driving on all of the DT streets.... More

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Winston-Salem, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The exhibits were interesting but it was basically just two rooms. Which is fine if you are downtown already. Don't miss it if you are at Center on the Square or are going to the Taubman Museum around the corner.

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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2006

This is a tiny museum on one of the floors in The Center on the Square in downtown Roanoke, VA. The museum has a small section showing artifacts of the Indians who once lived in the woodlands of Virginia. There are some small displays on early settlers of Virginia. Then there was a hall of antique dresses from the 1950s... More

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