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“Starkly beautiful pictures of trains and Virginians”

O. Winston Link Museum
Ranked #4 of 74 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

My wife and I spent most of the morning there looking through the magnificent Link photographs. I was recently describing the museum to my oldest brother, and we are planning another trip together in April so he too can enjoy that special history of rural Americana. To the poor soul from Richmond who complained that were nothing but "pictures on the walls", he would probably complain that at Cape Kennedy there were only a few old rockets sitting around. If you have any interest in trains, steam locomotives in particular, you won't want to miss this exhibit. When you see the equipment Mr. Link had to work with, and the hours of meticulous planning for each shot that had 1 split second chance to work, is nothing short of amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing these photographs again.

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Reviewed August 27, 2009

Just black and white pictures of trains on walls. That's all folks. It's clean and cool inside and the ticket person is nice. But there is no reason to be there.

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Reviewed February 18, 2009

I had been to the OWL Museum several years ago, but an exhibit of photographs by railroad artist Ted Rose was an occasion to revisit. While I wasn't overly impressed by the Rose exhibition I was once again reminded, perhaps because of the comparison to Rose's photography, that Link was a master. The exhibition of his works in this setting is phenomonal! The large photographic prints, the ample captions, the displays of his equipment, and the various exhibits that explained how he photographed, why he did what he did, and Link's growing appreciation for the people of SW Virginia, all serve to keep Link's work fascinating and vital. This is a beautiful facility, well organized in its presentation of Link's work. The movie has been updated since my last visit, providing a dramatic conclusion to the sad events in the twilight of Link's life.

1  Thank JerseyJimD
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Reviewed October 29, 2007

We drove 300 miles to visit this museum and we weren't disappointed. There was a very extensive collection of Link photographs, some of the equipment he used, and railroad equipment from the era. Each photograph had an explanation. There was also a very well done movie and some multimedia presentations that went along with some of the exhibits. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed June 9, 2006

This is a tiny museum on one of the floors in The Center on the Square in downtown Roanoke, VA. The museum has a small section showing artifacts of the Indians who once lived in the woodlands of Virginia. There are some small displays on early settlers of Virginia. Then there was a hall of antique dresses from the 1950s back to the early 1800s. There was a BIG display of derby cars, which might interest some people, but I thought it was a big waste of space. This museum should have been free, but it was $3 to get in... for about 7 minutes worth of entertainment.

5  Thank Coolchange
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