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Taubman Museum of Art
Ranked #5 of 74 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

In addition to terrific art, the Taubman has an excellent gift shop and cafe. Admission is free thanks to Advance Auto. It is a gem in the center of Roanoke.

Thank barbdaveroanoke
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is a little gem of an art museum. It's especially nice now that Advanced Auto Parts gave a grant to allow free admission~

Thank woodstockflea
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We visited the Saturday between Christmas and New Year, 2012, and the museum was hopping! I agree with Barbara R's assessment (below) of the exhibits--they were thoughtful and well done, with a nice mix of traditional american, decorative, and modern art. There were many families with both young children and teenagers (a big and welcome surprise to see in an art museum) busy working on the self-directed activities provided by the Museum staff. We came after lunch, so did not try out the cafe; we visited the cafe shortly after the Museum opened four years ago and it was excellent then. I was concerned that the quality of the museum's exhibits and programs might have declined since opening in its spectacular building, but did not find that to be the case at all. In fact, with support from a donor, there is NO ADMISSION fee at this time. This is not a big museum, but a surprisingly wonderful experience in a small city in rural Virginia.

Thank looksformuseums
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Honestly, I just went for the building, and the building alone is worth a visit. Although it is somewhat squished between the railroad tracks and two major roads, this building is fascinating, from the inside as well as from the outside. But inside, the big surprise (I had just returned from NYC, so I was a bit spoiled): Six exhibits and some nice pieces from the collection. The most stunning exhibit for me was Ed Burtynsky, Oil, an exhibit that has toured half of the world (Canada, Berlin, Stockholm, etc.), with very strong, large scale photographs, graphic style that abstracts much of the emotion that could be in the pictures. Than the Faberge collection of the Hodges Family, a great collection of many wonderful and really artistic creations; everybody who likes the more applied arts should see that. Harold Little's pictures of the various Virginian Landscapes were inspiring, Unusual Folk Art was touching, and Anne Ferrer's Hot Pink inflated sculture is a wonderful peace of French Art that fits right into the Museum Atrium. Everything is very well kept, the brochures are informative, and despite of the many exhibits, there is enough open space to relax from all the impressions. Excellent. Wish them many visitors, they really deserve it!

2  Thank BarbaraR766
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This place just misses the mark. Too much empty, open, unused space and the exhibits they get are just...well...terrible (and I love art!). I wanted to support this place. I wanted Roanoke to be more than just a railroad town...but yeah...this place is not worth the very expensive entrance fee. Better museums...world class museums (such as the Philadelphia Art Museum) are cheaper and offer amazing exhibits such as Renoir, Degas, Dali, etc.

Thank Rhonda S
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