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O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Ranked #3 of 29 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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Danville, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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
11 reviews 11 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a museum I consider a 'must-do.' The things that were what made the O. Winston Link Musum amazing/interesting to me: 1. The Photography. I absolutely can not say enough about the photography. It is art. Whether or not trains are your thing or not, if you are interested in photography, you should see this museum. Someone described Link... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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