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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: +1 540-982-5465
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Insight into a bygone era

This museum features pictures taken in the late 50's of steam locomotives and western Virginia during that time period. My wife is an artist and as such, she appreciated the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum features pictures taken in the late 50's of steam locomotives and western Virginia during that time period. My wife is an artist and as such, she appreciated the staging and look of the pictures. This is an interesting hour or so if you have an interest in trains and the area.

Thank pfm11
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Link was an incredible photographer of a time that contained locomotives, activities and change of the mid past century. He is the person that set the locomotives at the Virginia Transportation museum into the minds of many people worldwide, and has caused the community to save them as well. There are many rooms with incredible pictures. One could spend hours... More 

Thank Gizbab
Fairfax County, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've seen a lot of Link's photographs - it was nice to put them in context. For those interested in the technology and craftsmanship of mid-century photography, this will be of particular interest. Appreciated the convenient seating for those who are less than mobile. Don't miss the separate (and free) exhibit on the work of industrial designer Raymond Loewy, located... More 

Thank annabelle3212016
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Well known to rail fans, this unique museum is housed in an equally historic example of mid-century public architecture. The photographs of O. Winston Link are interesting AND artistic; the film about his life and work are icing on the cake.

Thank JJ315
Roanoke, Virginia
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 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 6 October 2016

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 6 September 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 26 August 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 25 August 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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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 

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