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O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
540-982-5465
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The O. Winston Link Museum, housed in a restored, Raymond Loewy-designed ra... passenger station, exhibits the world's largest collection of the... more »
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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum for all ages. You get to see the history of trains and the photos are amazing. It's a fun museum that only takes about an hour or so to cover. Definitely worth a stop.

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Danville, VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Many photographs, very few relics, of the railroads, and the people who worked along the system. Not expensive - well worth the price. Friendly staff.

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Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Has potential, but overpriced. It could offer so much more. But knowing small budgets, I can understand to a point. Need to expand the horizons there. Try not to be charge a full museum price for a small walk through.

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Danville, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You kind of need to be into photography and trains to enjoy this museum. The photographs are excellent and the story interesting.

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Plano, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was well worth the time to see a bygone era documented. Link devoted much of his life photographing steam trains in Virginia. He used both still and moving cameras that created some amazing pictures.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I remember these photographs coming to England many years ago and never thought then that I would be standing in front of them inside a Loewy designed Art Deco railway station. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Fantastic

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N. Virginia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The museum shares space with the Roanoke Visitors Center and that is what drew us in. It was a great bonus to see the wonderful pictures in the Link Museum. It also has some very cool train models including a huge working steam locomotive.

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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

Have wanted to visit for many a year and finally had the opportiunity, well worth the wait and highly recommended, learnt a lot about the OWL's work, recommend the joint ticket with nearby Virginia Museum of Transportaiton. One or two concerns; half way though serving me the receptionist suddenly broke off and took a call on her personal phone leaving... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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161 reviews 161 reviews
67 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you like old photos, and \ or steam trains than this stop is worth a trip. Find a central parking location and you can save a bit of hassle walking to the various downtown activities.

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Appomattox, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Nice facility, Dedicated to Norfolk and Western railroad (before becoming N&S). a once experience for a train lover. Not much else to commend it.

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