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O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
540-982-5465
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Ranked #1 of 27 attractions in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Roanoke, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A museum built around one man is quite a testamony to his genius as a photographer and his ability to convince N&W (Norfolk Southern) to allow him great latitude in photographing the railroad. This will not disappoint the Railroad / Train buff or the art lover. Makes a great companion with the Transportation Museum nearby. A SIGNATURE VISIT WHILE IN... More

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

There was a small bit closed, but the trains and other automobiles were well worth the visit and the money.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I never knew of O. Winston Link until B&W photography began to interest me while living in the City; Manhattan, that is. After going to a show or two in Tribeca, Chelsea, the gay 'hood at the time, and Rizzoli, I caught the shutterbug (at least that of other's disease of shutterbug) and one evening met a man who told... More

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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This was a delightful stop while in Roanoke. It's small but well done. It costs $5 for adults to get in. There are photographs and some other displays (like a general store with nostalgic items and a register; a theater presentation). The majority of the photographs are black and white. It takes about an hour to walk through if you... More

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Roanoke
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It was nice, but only takes 30 minutes to view. The out of town and younger folks found it less interesting.

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New River Valley Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Of many fun and interesting things to do, this would be towards the top of my list after all the good places to eat, drink and be merry in Roanoke. We had family, aged 11-81, and pretty much every one enjoyed the museum of O Winston Link.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Loved the ease with which I could get the wheelchair round. Except when we got to the inevitable shop at the end of the tour…it was quite a job to negotiate the various stands and displays. I really enjoyed the photos and objects - well laid out I thought. Very evocative of the 19th & 20th centuries

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Bellmawr, New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The O. Winston Link Museum is located downtown Roanoke VA. It is house in the former Passenger railroad station. The photos were great. all great black and white photographs. If you are a Railroad or Photography buff This is a great stop. Also if you visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation you can buy a joint ticket for both.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is a terrific visit for anyone who likes trains because you can actually watch real ones travel by at the same time you are viewing photos of the last steam train. Does not take much time to see, unless you want to take photos.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We hosted a small wedding party here with close friends and family, about 60 to 70 people. It was just the right amount of size. We also added that our guests could visit the photos downstairs in the museum. They loved it! The space was the perfect place for our special night.

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