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“Small but interesting” 3 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 #16 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.
Floyd
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We made a day of several museums in the area and this is one of the better ones. The exhibits were well planned and descriptive and interesting to a wide variety of age groups. There wasn't a lot to see but what was there was done well.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Love this mini museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

It's tiny but packed with stuff. You can skim over the surface or let yourself get totally pulled back through time - the choice is yours

Visited October 2013
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Bedford, Virginia
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A look into the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

While small compared to larger cites the museum was very well done with an assortment of displays now that the renovation is complete. From early Native American life up to the present day the displays take your through the regions history. Tailored to adults and older students we found it very easy to understand the signage and vocal/media displays.

Tip- bring a sweater as it is VERY cold.

Visited September 2013
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alexandria, VA.
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“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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“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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