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Virginia Museum of Transportation

303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA
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Ranked #4 of 29 Attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
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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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Springfield, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Got an hour to kill in downtown Roanoke? The transportation museum is a good choice. This small museum has displays of all the main forms of transportation: cars, bus, planes, ships, and especially trains. Roanoke has a long history as a rail center and is still a major center for the Norfolk Southern Railway. The display of trains is the... More

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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The latest visit was about 2 years ago. I do not have kids, so my appraisal is influenced by that fact. I have been less than impressed by this facility. It shows lots of pictures and has some big train engines and rail cars (Roanoke became famous for being a major rail hub in this part of the nation). Maybe... More

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North Garden, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The automobile section is fairly small but has a good representation of the changes in road transportation. Some of the exhibits feel more like the final home of wayward machines than a display of history. The aviation section is a total joke. The few exhibits they have should be transferred to real aviation museums where at least they could become... More

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Stockton, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Went here expecting to see up close railroad stock but found all are closed to on hand viewing. You only get to walk around and view stock. Been to several other train museums and all were hands on where you could tour stock. West Sacramento California has a excellent one.This museum just doesn't impress at all.

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Roanoke, Va
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Don't miss the tour. The guides are so nice and knowledgeable and makes the visit so spectacular. We go very year and are never disappointed.

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Danville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Model trains running, an extremely detailed circus diorama with animals, people. big top and trains. Rare classic cars! Nice gift shop, inside and outside train exhibits, films shown. Located in the old Railway Express building with operating tracks behind!

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great for every age, plus a great gift shop as well. Trains is the main theme of the museum but a great history is at hand for all visitors!

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Large display of old trains located in a converted rail yard. They also have a very nice model train display along with some stuff on airplanes and some vintage cars.

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Santa Rosa, California
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630 reviews 630 reviews
96 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

This was a fun stop. The cars are interesting, an airplane section and outside a grand yard with trains, busses, covered wagon, hearse, tractors, even two Mercedes sport models. Nice place to bring the children to see and walk through a train...

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great museum in the heart of the town was good for the kids the tour was great I wish they had more to interact

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