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History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia

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Address: Center in the Square, One Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone Number: +1 540-342-5770
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The History Museum of Western Virginia exists to promote an interest in the...

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.

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Small but unique

The permanent exhibit is reasonable for a small museum. They had a guest exhibit of 19th and 20th century wedding attire. Was a treat to see old gowns donated by families that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2016
Shyla K
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Purcellville, Virginia
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Purcellville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The permanent exhibit is reasonable for a small museum. They had a guest exhibit of 19th and 20th century wedding attire. Was a treat to see old gowns donated by families that exhibit realistic aging but still tell the story of what things were like way back when...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Love checking out the new experiences they have to offer. Used to volunteer here and truly enjoyed it. Seems to be a hidden jewl in Roanoke. I would encourage travelers to check it out. Kids of all ages enjoy - great learning place too.

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Burleson, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is not a large museum but was well done. Museum is in the same building with other museums. Does not take long to see this one museum.

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Roanoke, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2016

I'm always interested in local history and this is the place to go! It's a small museum but it suites Roanoke just fine. You can learn a lot about the local history here with many displays and the Watts Library.

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HMWVA, Visitor Services Coordinator at History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review! We try to squeeze a lot into the space we have available, there's a lot of history in our town. We hope you are able to stop by as we are trying to constantly rotate our temporary exhibit space and bring in varying interests! We appreciate the support. More 

Cedar Bluff, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2015

Very entertaining and informative. Absolutely beautiful graphics and interactive displays were awesome. Can't imagine all the detail involved in research, building and installation. Loved it!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Small but friendly knowledgeable staff, nice to see and learn history, clean good for all ages. Just want to see more

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HMWVA, Visitor Services Coordinator at History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the History Museum of Western Virginia. We are glad you found our staff friendly and knowledgeable! We appreciate any feedback from our visitors and expansion is always something we thinking about. More 

Danville, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great historical presentation of the development of the Roanoke Valley, from the early native American tribes to modern times. Many artifacts and a some recreations, lots of signage and explanatory panels. Interesting for adults, but I suspect most children, especially young children, would be bored.

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HMWVA, Visitor Services Coordinator at History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for visiting the History Museum of Western Virginia! We appreciate your feedback and are happy to know you found our exhibits interesting. While exhibits take years to plan and complete we are working on a children's exhibit on the region and appreciate suggestions from all of our visitors. We hope to see you again! More 

Floyd
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Bedford, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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-... More 

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