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“Great Museum!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation
Ranked #3 of 65 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight station that doubles as a museum .
Canton, Ohio
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222 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Great Museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We visited in August 2012 with our sons who love trucks and trains. It was a really worthwhile stop as we got to see many historic trucks inside the building and huge trains and train cars outside the building. They also had a really nice model train layout of the city of Roanoke complete with star. The staff was very nice and we especially enjoyed talking with the staff/volunteer gentleman who drove a Greyhound bus for many years. He was great! Be sure to check out the ship made from various household items. Neat!

Visited August 2012
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Bedford, Virginia
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wings over Virginia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We love the Virginia Museum of Transportation. We are members. We joined because my two year old son loves trains. Our favorite part is the outdoor rail yard. Additionally, the museum borders a very active section of Norfolk Southern track so one can frequently see trains going by. Additionally, the museum works very hard to have special events that often include short train rides for a small ($2) fee. During these special events they have many hands on activities. Recently, they just opened the Wings over Virginia exhibit. During the opening, they had several men present who were highlighted in the exhibits. During the opening weekend, one could fly a glider simulator, get in another flight simulator and sit in an authentic fighter plane cockpit. My son's other favorite area is the large model train exhibit that runs constantly inside. Additionally, if you go upstairs you will be treated to a mind blowing circus model that is astounding in detail.

Visited November 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This museum is very interactive. It has a great outside part with old restored trains that u can go into. Trains are always going by which makes the experience come alive. Very good for kids and adults. There was a commercial being shot at the museum while we were there with Maryanne from Gilligans Island.

Visited November 2012
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nc
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207 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“a must see in roanoke”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

a fun and easy attraction, especially for those who like cars and trains. adults and children will find something to like here. convenient to all downtown sights and hotel roanoke.

Visited November 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Unexpected delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Came upon the museum by chance and even my wife enjoyed wandering around. Some interesting photographic and descriptive displays led us to the museum alongside the rail track. The large locomotives were very impressive. A number of the outdoor displays in the trainshed were 'works in progress' but that just added to the charm. Enthusiastic staff.

Visited October 2012
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