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O. Winston Link Museum

Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: 540-982-5465
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful history of the area and the train industry. Can't say enough about the collection of photos and the artist who created them.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

In 1983 I purchased an original photograph titled "Sometimes the Electricity Fails" (1956) by the legendary train photographer O.Winston Link, who was present at the showing of his work at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC. I innately knew that his work was brilliant and decided to purchase one of his prints, In 1987 I took a road trip... More 

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211 reviews 211 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

If you consider yourself a railroad buff this is a MUST see while in Roanoke. The photographs are almost overwhelming and it is a slice of history that is no longer around for us to see in real life. Mr. Link captured steam powered locomotives in all their glory and his photographs are a national treasure.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This museum exhibits the vision and talents of O. Winton Link, whose talent as a storyteller photographer is world class. Roanoke and surrounding area were closely linked to the railroads, and this exhibit freezes in time the late 1950s and the last of the steam locomotives. An interesting mix of men and machines. The photos are fantastic and the exhibit... More 

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Danville, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

O. Winston Link took the available, but now antiquated technology and accomplished what is extremely difficult to equal today. He realized the days of steam powered locomotives were coming to an end and froze the era in time so it can be enjoyed by those who have never seen a working steam locomotive! Nice gift shop! Nice view of tracks... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I had been by the museum one other time but passed it up to go see thing else. Well, if you like trains don't pass it up. It is worth seeing.

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Wirtz, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Anyone who is interested in photography or trains, or both, should visit this museum. This is one of our regular stops when we have out-of-town guests and everyone has enjoyed it.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My family and I went to see the O. Winston Link Museum as we had seen one of O. Winston Link's photos of the outdoor movie theater with the cars and the train in the background. The history of these trains was captured in his photographs as well as the small towns and country he shot them in. This is... More 

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great way to learn about the history of the steam engine. We were amazed at the photography and found the way things were displayed was exceptionally done. This is a "don't miss" site.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Highly recommend this museum. Photos are wonderful and the information about the photographer's life was interesting. Buy a combo ticket to also visit the Va Museum of Transportation.

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