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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 #4 of 54 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Dunnellon, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Link. What else is there to say? He was the master of photography. Every railroad photographer who has followed either learns from his technique or tries to copy it. This collection of prints, equipment and artifacts sheds light on that technique. Well worth the pittance requested to enter.

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
9 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is an extremely well organized museum in the old Roanoke train station devoted to the photography of O. Winston Link. It is well worth a visit.

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Annandale, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I hadn't heard of O. Winston Link before, but we really enjoyed his photographs and learning about his history and the steam railroads. This is worth seeing. Lots of stuff to take in.

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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Top Contributor
235 reviews 235 reviews
13 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
16 reviews 16 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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