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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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 reviews 4 reviews
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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Troutville, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Love the outside and inside of VMT!!! We have a membership, so we are quite frequent guests, at least once a month. My youngest son was absolutely in love with trains when he was younger, so it was THE perfect place, trains everywhere. Also, VMT has a Nickel Plate Road train, and for my son that was the best. By... More

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Cortlandt Manor
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269 reviews 269 reviews
36 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Fun two hours with emphasis on train and bus transport history in the Roanoke Valley Visitors from all over. Some cool preserved and/or restored autos including an electric car that competed favorably with gas for a while. See pics. Pluses: + Free parking available adjacent to the museum. Paid private parking is unnecessary if you arrive early or later. +... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If it has to do with "transportation" and "Virginia", it's thoroughly documented here, with an amazing assortment of trains in the "yard" adjacent to the Museum and the high hood & cab of an SD40 to get in....beyond that is a very interested "Aviation" section that includes the fuselage of a Jet Commander you can get inside! Greta gift shop..... More

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Mayfield, NY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Enjoyed this museum very much. Video of the 611 w as excellent. Wish some of the train cars were open. One docent was excellent. Saw several big freights come by.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wake up America you need to visit and support places like this they are preserving your heritage and it doesn't get much bigger than the two giant steam locomotives preserved here,along with loads of other impressive exhibits.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Got off to bad start with less than welcoming receptionist, however the Museum is filled with interesting stuff. i was mostly into the railroad section and it did not disappoint. Bumped into several volunteeers who were eager to talk about the museum artefacts and their own recollections, wonderful stuff. Enjoyed the close proximity to nearby railroad tracks and waving at... More

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