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Virginia Museum of Transportation

Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
Phone Number: 540-342-5670
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Ranked #5 of 54 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 .

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Roanoke, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We love taking our young children here and the exhibits always seem to have something for them. Some of the trains, vehicles and just the cool building are worth the admission price alone. The exhibit on bus memorabilia is incredibly cool. I would pay just to see that. All that said, the whole experience leaves you thinking the museum is... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Go and find out how Roanoke was formed. If you are a train buff Roanoke and this have to be on your bucket list. As the last steam driven railroad you will wander past machines of a by gone era.

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Charlottesville
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My kids loved this museum. Lots of hands on stuff about trains and cars! They spent tons of time in the train engine. They loved all of the model trains too. There was a whole room full of antique cars. Be sure to check out the railroad crossing on the outside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This was such a great stop! They had trains you could walk around, and some on; planes with a 1965 private jet cabin you could get into, cool cars to see (VT's robot car, a DeLaurean, and an electric car from the 30s!); a super fantastic train model. It was well worth the trip and well worth a return trip.... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

January and freezing cold means no lines and few to bump into inside. I especially enjoyed the car museum part and the old posters and signs. The bus and airplane sections were also very well done. It made me desire more knowledge to better understand the details of trains. An excellent time!

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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170 reviews 170 reviews
89 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Bring your camera; photographing is allowed and you'll be able to take great photos here. I had no interest in trains UNTIL entering this fabulous museum where I was allowed to climb aboard the real cab of diesel locomotive #15941 and listened to a recording with the actual voices of NS employees, engineers and dispatchers at work in real time.... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Saw my first Delorean. Really interesting museum with lots of amazing cars. Also, ships, planes and trains. The trains are huge.

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Salem, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My favorite was the model train layout. The museum also has very interesting exhibits, including a number of vintage steam engines and cars. Definitely worth a visit

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Roanoke, VA
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197 reviews 197 reviews
71 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Roanoke has a great history as a railroad town and the museum does a nice job of capturing it. Nice collection of trains with the best to come in 2015 when the 611 steam locomotive steams back into Roanoke. Overall a nice collection of rolling stock as well as an automotive exhibit. Free parking and very reasonable entry fee. Should... More 

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Anchorage, AK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Although the train exhibit was covered very well my favorite part of the museum was the cars. Seeing classic cars from various era's was great. They cover all aspects of transportation and how important Roanoke was in the area. Plan on spending a few hours.

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