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With many museums throughout the Roanoke Region, there is plenty to be explored. Take a trip back in time at the Botetourt County Historical Museum.  Learn about the influence of the railroads at the C&O Heritage Center. Enter a masterpiece at the Taubman Museum of Art which maintains a collection of contemporary 19th and 20th Century American Art. From ancient artifacts to the latest scientific developments, the Roanoke Region is an exhibition of human and natural wonders.

As a major hub for the visual arts, the Roanoke Region is home to several prominent art museums.  From regional to internationally renowned works, classical and modern, the region's museums feature diverse collections exhibiting works  multiple genres and historical periods.

taubman museum

Taubman Museum of Art features of a permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American, modern and contemporary art. Presents exhibitions of both regional and national significance throughout the year. 110 Salem Ave., Roanoke • 540.342.5760

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the highest-quality original art in support of the mission of Hollins University. Provides a forum for art and the creative process. 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke • 540.362.6081

O. Winston Link Museum is world’s foremost collection of O. Winston Link’s black and white railroad photography. 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke • 540.982.5465

Radford University Art Museum showcases student, faculty and traveling exhibits from nationally and internationally renowned artists. 1129 East Main St., Radford • 540.831.5754

The Center of the Arts at Virginia Tech refers to both university-level arts programming initiatives, and to the physical spaces (performance hall, visual arts galleries, creative technologies labs and studios) that comprise the new facility. 250 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 •  540.231.0856

There is no better way to absorb the vast history and culture of the area than to explore the Roanoke Region's history museums. Discover ancient artifacts left over from the American Indians and see how the region developed from pioneer settlements into a bustling economic hub.

Salem Museum

Botetourt County Historical Museum features hundreds of artifacts reflecting the rich history of Botetourt County. 1 West Main Street, Fincastle • 540.473.8394 

Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum documents the folkways of people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. 215 Ferrum Mountain, Ferrum • 540.365.4416

C & O Heritage Center Clifton Forge highlights the history of the C&O railroad in Southwest Virginia. 312 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge • 540.862.2210 

Salem Museum and Historical Society maintains an important collection of local artifacts--including Native American pieces recovered from an early Indian settlement, relics of the Civil War, and mementos from the span of Salem’s history. 801 East Main Street, Salem • 540.389.6760

Harrison Museum of African-American Culture features history and art exhibitions, cultural programming, and performing arts presentations. 523 Harrison Avenue, Roanoke • 540.345.4818

History Museum of Western Virginia maintains a permanent collection of artifacts representing the historical development of Western Virginia. 1 Market Sq., Roanoke • 540.342.5770

Historic Smithfield Plantation was the home of Revolutionary War patriot William Preston. In a land of log cabins and physical hardship, Smithfield provided a haven of aristocratic elegance and became the social and political center of Montgomery County.  1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd., Blacksburg  • 540.231.3947

Vinton Historical Society & Museum is home to thousands of items that relate to the history of Vinton and the surrounding communities within the Roanoke Valley. Some of the items date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  210 E. Jackson Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179 • 540.342.8634

From the formation of mountains to the evolution of transportation, the Roanoke Region serves an important role in scientific and technological progress.


Science Museum of Western Virginia provides classes, exhibits and fascinating insights into the world of science. The Hopkins Planetarium is one of the most popular features. 1 Market Sq., Roanoke • 540.342.5710

Virginia Museum of Transportation boasts a large collection of locomotive cars and other railway vehicles. 303 Norfolk Ave, Roanoke • 540.342.5670

Museum of Geosciences at Virginia Tech houses a collection of over 13,000 minerals used for research, education, and display.  Many Virginia specimens are included in the collection, as well as specimens from famous mining localities worldwide. 2062 Derring Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060  •  540.231.6894

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