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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: 540-982-5465
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wonderful Afternoon

The lady who sold us the tickets provided a great overview of the man and history of the museum then took us down and started a short movie. Afterwards we got to review the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott R
Manassas, Virginia, United States
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Manassas, Virginia, United States
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lady who sold us the tickets provided a great overview of the man and history of the museum then took us down and started a short movie. Afterwards we got to review the wonderful pictures created by this artist. The timing and technical work involved with these pictures was incredible. We enjoyed the pictures, equipment displays, and explanations for... More 

Thank Scott R
Harker Heights
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169 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The musuem is located in old NW railroad passenger station. Great exhibit of Link's awesome railroad photography, plus other photo topics and history of his life. It is co-located with the Visitor Center and has free parking in the front. There is a small charge to enter but well worth it. Also on display is alot of the equipment he... More 

Thank David W
Richmond, Virginia
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206 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

O. Winston Link had a love of trains and a love of using light in some of the most creative and wonderful ways imaginable. You will learn more about his techniques and the great lengths he would go to to get the shot just right. Very intresting.

Thank Jeff S
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This man was an icon in his era for many things: An artist capturing a railroad era that was ending. A technical wizard hooking up many wired flash bulbs on far location to get just the look. He had to do this without any automatic tools, all manual. It, of course, shows many of his pictures(nice and large) as well... More 

Thank Millard A
Bowie, Maryland
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is located in the same building as the visitor's center. Photo gallery of O Winston Link's work. Very professionally done.

Thank dbf27
Aberdeen, Maryland
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

There is something about trains which I love. The O. Winston Link Museum is a place which every train lover needs to visit. Not only does it have an extensive collection of train photos, but the museum fully explains the process how the pictures were taken. The museum also presents the life of O. Winston Link and how he was... More 

Thank PerrymanTraveler
Rocky Mount, VA USA
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Step back in time at O Winston Link Museum. It is more than photography, it is a heritage that is rich in this part of the country. I hope you can enjoy this fascinating museum, bring the whole family! Then explore downtown Roanoke for the day. There is a ton to see and do!

Thank ClaiborneInnkeeper
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you like trains and photos of trains - you will love this museum. This visit was a little bit of a homecoming in that back in the '60's I had passed through here when the VPI (Virginia Tech) Corps of Cadets came to Roanoke on the train and we march to Victory Stadium. You go downstairs and discover some... More 

Thank Culpeperhokie64
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a great museum to get to see the end of the steam locomotive engines & more than that to see how some of the amazing photos were made. My husband is an engineer & a photo enthusiast & we spent 2 hours there & could have done more. We were pleased to meet a couple who work /... More 

Thank jjby
Roanoke, Virginia
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

On a rainy day this museum was a bright and enlightening place to visit. A wonderful collection of sound, pictures, and relics from a time when steam powered the trains.

Thank tourtime2015

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