Trying to maximize your cultural experience? 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 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
History and Culture
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 region developed from pioneer settlements into a bustling economic hub.
- 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
Science and Technology
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 celebrates the industry that has been a major driver in the region’s history, culture, and economic development. The museum boasts a large collection of locomotives and other rail equipment, as well as cars, trucks, buses, and planes. 303 Norfolk Ave, Roanoke • 540.342.5670