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O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
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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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Danville, Virginia, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
191 helpful votes 191 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
43 helpful votes 43 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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161 reviews 161 reviews
67 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you like old photos, and \ or steam trains than this stop is worth a trip. Find a central parking location and you can save a bit of hassle walking to the various downtown activities.

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Appomattox, Virginia
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Nice facility, Dedicated to Norfolk and Western railroad (before becoming N&S). a once experience for a train lover. Not much else to commend it.

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Roanoke, Va
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A must see for the railroad enthusiast. Fantastic railroad photos that give great historical reference to railroads of the past.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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