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“Wannabe museum” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Taubman Museum of Art

Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
540.342.5760
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Ranked #10 of 28 attractions in Roanoke
Type: Art Museums
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Roanoke, Virginia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Wannabe museum”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

It's hard to imagine how this could be any worse. A big, avant garde building, the museum is shoehorned in among a bunch of early 20th century brick structures. It looks totally out of place. Add to that the fact that the ground/ entry floor is in a flood plain and cannot display any art and you begin to get the picture. Once you get to the second floor, there is precious little to see, and apparently not enough money to bring in good traveling exhibitions.

Visited January 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“What's art?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We visited the museum today. The transitional exhibit was the best part. It was a photo journey of Black Americans and civil rights. Some of the other exhibits I had to ask myself, "Who decides this is art?" There are some great pieces, but if you are like me and don't really have a BIG appreciation of art it might not be worth the trip. However, if you are just visiting Roanoke, it's free and something to do downtown.

Visited November 2013
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Vinton, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Eye Sore of Roanoke”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I have never visited the TMA, but from what I am told, not much to see and the view on the outside is a real eye sore for out beautiful city

Visited October 2013
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Culpeper, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Not great, but worth a look”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The building is spectacular and a great addition to downtown Roanoke. For a small city museum it's pretty good. I was looking for their collection of folk art I had loved years ago when the museum was in the old building. Only a few pieces were on view. Lots of modern art that's interesting. A fabulous Sargeant and some nice American work from 19th century. Very moving civil rights era photo exhibit. Judith Leiber purses on display. Why? John Lennon/Yoko Ono peace exhibit a strange choice for an art museum. Put out more art and less fluff. Nice little museum shop.

Visited October 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fun building - thought provoking exhibition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I like the building. It's light and airy and has endless potential for the many different exhibitions that must pass through. I was particularly moved by the exhibition of photos from the civil rights movement

Visited October 2013
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