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O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
540-982-5465
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Ranked #2 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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Ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you are interested in either photography or railroads, this is a wonderful museum to visit. Start with the film in the far back theater which introduces you to both the photographer as well as the history of railroading. Then start going around each room, really reading the captions which explain the photos. Read about why he took his photos... More

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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It is a great place to observe the history of Roanoke and its place in the changing of transportation and moving the country forward. Awesome pictures and other related material. you should include this in your planning.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 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
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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