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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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Beautiful building and art

Took my kids 8 and 12 to the art museum they loved the kid area and I loved the selection of art that was displayed I recommend going it is smaller than most big cities but well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
c s
Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my kids 8 and 12 to the art museum they loved the kid area and I loved the selection of art that was displayed I recommend going it is smaller than most big cities but well designed

Thank c s
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

His life, his start, his career, the multitude of photos and the different types of exposures he used and the PEOPLE that he captured in their work and life scenes with the different trains. just absolutely incredible museum. A must-see! It's only 12$ for a combined ticket with the Virginia Transportation Museum

Thank ChristineR1995rn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Situated in the renovated passenger rail station across the street from The Roanoke Hotel, this museum presents black and white as well as color photos of steam trains in soutwest Virginia, West Vrginia and Kentucky. This shows the trains, locomotives, employees and towns they passed through in the LAte 1940's and early 1950's. O.Winston Link was a brooklyn born professional... More 

Thank Aj A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

If you like photography, you have to see this museum. O. Winston Link was taken with steam trains and the people who made them run. His photos tell such stories of a fairly recent past but the museum tells you HOW he got these shots, and even has hands on interactive ways to explain it. I was taken with it.

Thank Lori Z
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

An absolute must for anyone who has ever had an interest in trains. This gem of a museum is great for the kiddies as well as adults. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank dlschertz
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The O. Winston Link Museum is a gem, located in Roanoke's former passenger rail station, and contains Mr. Link's extensive archive of photographs. In particular, you will see the iconic photographs capturing the final era of the steam locomotives photographed in Southwest Virginia. In addition to train buffs, this collection would appeal to anyone who appreciates beautiful black and white... More 

Thank Valiant1968
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

A terrific facility displaying the classic photography of Mr. Link, who, in the late 1950s, captured images of the last years of the steam age of railroading. Link was given broad cooperation by the Norfolk & Western which resulted in his masterful photos of the people, scenery, and rail equipment in the upper south of the 1955-1960 period. This museum,... More 

Thank GasolineAlley
Yorktown, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I was intrigued and surprised! Link was a man who had a passion for trains. In addition, he was an excellent photographer. Combining the two, he left a huge display for future generations to enjoy. I learned a lot about his life and the varied techniques he used to capture stunning photos. His pictures and equipment were tastefully presented. I... More 

Thank Patricia B
Ripley, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Learn about trains and the impact of railroads on transportation and rural communities. Link has some amazing photographs. Well worth a visit.

Thank WildWonderfulWV304
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

If you are passing through Roanoke, vacationing here or new to the area, you must check out this awesome collection of train photography taken by the world famous O. Winston Link. Located in the old Roanoke passenger train terminal, the history of Mr. Link's black and white photos hang throughout. If you ever took a train out of Roanoke, going... More 

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