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“First place to visit when you go to Roanoke Va.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia

History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia
Center in the Square, One Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-5770
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Ranked #15 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The History Museum of Western Virginia exists to promote an interest in the broad spectrum of history with emphasis on that of southwestern Virginia; to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available materials relating to that history; to sponsor research and publication in the field of regional history; and to provide educational services to people and institutions throughout southwestern Virginia.
alexandria, VA.
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“First place to visit when you go to Roanoke Va.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were given a first class description of Roanoke by a first class receptionist. She gave us excellent directions to the various museums in the area. The history museum itself was more that worth seeing.

Visited August 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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“Refused to let us in”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Although the sign on the door said the Museum was open while we were there, the door was locked. We rang the bell and one of two employees sitting in our "We're closed because of the weather"--the weather was fine and every other business/museum in Roanoke was open; there were people walking and driving on all of the DT streets. "You mean to tell me that there are two employees in the msueum and two tourists who want to see it, but you won'tt let us in?" "Yes". Two hours later, when we walked past the museum again, those same two employees were standing in the window, chatting and watching people on the street. :(

Visited October 2012
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Winston-Salem, NC
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“Small small small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The exhibits were interesting but it was basically just two rooms. Which is fine if you are downtown already. Don't miss it if you are at Center on the Square or are going to the Taubman Museum around the corner.

Visited July 2012
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Virginia
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“A Dab of Virginia History”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2006

This is a tiny museum on one of the floors in The Center on the Square in downtown Roanoke, VA. The museum has a small section showing artifacts of the Indians who once lived in the woodlands of Virginia. There are some small displays on early settlers of Virginia. Then there was a hall of antique dresses from the 1950s back to the early 1800s. There was a BIG display of derby cars, which might interest some people, but I thought it was a big waste of space. This museum should have been free, but it was $3 to get in... for about 7 minutes worth of entertainment.

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