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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: 540-982-5465
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is the type of place where you would have to be interested in the steam train and the history of O Link photography. I found the place to be quite interesting. It is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kat F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the type of place where you would have to be interested in the steam train and the history of O Link photography. I found the place to be quite interesting. It is the type of place I could spend hours in

Thank Kat F
Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is housed in the former Norfolk and Western passenger terminal and features the photography collection of the work of O Winston Link, a photographer whose railroad related pictures, especially of the Norfolk and Western are world famous. It is well done and interesting.

Thank oldhokie702016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hidden gem has such a fantastic display of the art and photography of Mr. Links work. And the stories of his life and how he created such amazing photos of steam trains is so well explained and presented in a way that is interesting, factual, and funny. I know many locals that miss this gem and hope that any... More 

2 Thank serenitytraveler
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Photography and railroad buffs both will love this museum dedicated to O Winston Link. His personal story is presented in a 30 minute documentary. Great local railroad history in black and white pictures

2 Thank craig47933
Roanoke, Virginia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

The new addition of the stained glass in the gift shop is fantastic and as much a work of art as O Winston Link's photos albeit in a different genre. If you appreciate black and white photography and/or the age of steam locomotives this museum is worth every penny!

2 Thank Briarlee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

He got one shot! The set-up to take these photographs was incredible. The details he thought-out! The light bulbs, the angles, the people, the train schedule, and the other things he must have considered? They take you through his planning. It is such an AMAZING exhibit! If you have interest in photography you should go see this!

1 Thank Lisa H
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

O Winston Lnik's work is the stuff of legend, even if you already have the books seeing the prints is still a revalation. Even better a lot of Links equipment (flash set up and cameras) are on display. Be sure not to miss the 30 minutes film presentation in the theatre - ask at entrance when it;s scheduled as it's... More 

1 Thank Kenneth C
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

I had seen photos and books about O. Winston Link's photos and always had an interest in them. This museum does a good job showcasing those photos and explaining more about the reasoning behind them and the man who took those photos. To ybe honest, the video that they show about him is worth the price of admission. If you... More 

1 Thank CurtCC822
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This is a wonderful museum if you are interested in steam railroading and photography. Link captured in a very innovative way, a particular time in the operation of railroads. His photographs will appeal to those who want to learn more about the age of steam and how railroads operate. Also, serious photographers will want to see his work and how... More 

Thank hoosier16
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

What a bargain! Went here with my elementary school aged son. He learned a lot and I did too. An amazing collection of primary source work from a legend. The Raymond Loewy wing was an unexpected surprise. The building is also a gem. Outstanding!

Thank wrg113

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