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Virginia Museum of Transportation

303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
540-342-5670
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Ranked #3 of 28 Attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight... more » Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight station that doubles as a museum . « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Um not necessarily all that impressive. It was nice because of the rain, and some of the engines were massive and remarkable. However you could not really get up to see the them all that well. The cars were well just some cars. So for $8.00 per person if its raining and you can't do any outdoor activities then sure... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you have a rail-fan in your family, this is an awesome place to spend an hour or two. From antique trains, modern diesels, Norfolk Southern cab replica for kids to 'be the engineer', and model trains, it is hard to say which display stands out from the others. The entry fee is reasonable. It is right next to a... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If it"s a form of transportation,they have something to offer everyone,Cars,Trucks,Planes and Trains,lots and lots of Trains,great place to spend some time,you will enjoy.

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Kingsley, Pennsylvania, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum is fascinating for all ages, with many modes of transportation on display including over 20 antique cars,steam engines, old buses and trucks, early single engine planes, and a large model train set-up with two trains running constantly through tunnels, over trestles, and adjacent to towns and mountains representing the landscape of the Roanoke Valley. Short films are shown... More

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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

How cool is that. It is very interesting to step back in time. The museum is well cared for and has a nice selection of transportation modes. I am a nerd, so I thought it was cool. I am sure it is not for everyone.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I have a little boy that loves trains and we spent most of our time in the train yard. The trains are huge and the train yard backs up to an active railroad track, so we saw in service trains going down the track while we were there. This place is perfect for train enthusiasts (especially the little ones!). The... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed visiting this museum in Roanoke. They have some great and detailed displays on the history of the greyhound buses, aviation, history of African Americans' role in the development and growth of the railroad industry, nautical as well as a rail yard with old steam engines and older trains. Worth the visit!!!

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Roanoke, Va
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a wedding rehearsal dinner here recently. Many international guests attended & everyone thought it was a lot of fun! The 611 had left the VMT the week before, for NC. Hannah & the staff there were great to work with. We had Blue Ridge Catering do a BBQ dinner & the tables were set up amongst the antique... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

While the history or Roanoke is tied to the trains, the Museum of Transportation not only showcases the amazing trains (you can see them up close), but also cars, trucks, airplanes. I think this would be a big hit with the kids.

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Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

On our travels north, we stopped to do the railway walk. Our two boys Love trains! (Ages 6&2). Buttons to push, signal goes up/down, bells, whistles. Nice halfway stop to stretch our legs and let the boys see moving trains along the walk. On our way south, we made time to go inside the museum- fantastic! Best display of trains... More

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