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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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Hudson, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Stopped at this museum mainly because of the reviews read on Trip Advisor and the fact that we were traveling thru this area. We enjoyed the visit so much---building and setting perfect for displaying the various collections, autos, trains, buses etc. Everything was well presented, easy to see, read and understand. Volunteers were friendly and helpful----movie about the last steam... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We had a great time looking at all the different types of transportation through the years. This is a museum for all ages to enjoy. There are activities for children throughout the museum. One of our favorite things was looking at the model trains. Then there are the big trains that you can look at as well. I hope they... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Its a great place...very detailed with every bit info & exbits theres available in transportation..even the traveling circus up stairs....its very well worth time to go...

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Hillsboro, Kentucky, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wonderful museum with lots of history about trains. Numerous retired trains on display. A must see for kids that like trains!

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Knoxville, TN
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This museum houses a wonderful collection of cars, planes, and trains. It is located in downtown Roanoke within easy walking distance of other attractions and many dining establishments. The museum has a HUGE working model railroad exhibit and is fun for youngsters and older folks as well.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you love trains, this is the place to visit. There are trains from the 1800's through the 1970's. As it is next to an active rail line you can expect to see current trains going back and forth. It is also near the NS Repair Facility.

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Cave Spring, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Both indoor and outdoor exhibits, and they let you explore on your own (nice to move at your own pace).

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

An old facility, but with all kinds of vehicles--both actual full-size and model--than my little one just adores.

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Shawsville, Virginia, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you are a train nut or into transportation at all this is the place for you. The staff are very knowledgable and friendly and will talk with you and give a wealth of information. Check out the museum when they have special days and you even get to ride one of the trains for a small fee.

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San Francisco
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The big locomotives steal the show, but there are lots of interesting rail cars to see. They let you walk around the yard and explore on your own which is really neat, especially for kids.

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