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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
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I have gone to the museum three times and still enjoy seeing the photos.

The set up of the photographs captures the final days of the steam engine trains. O. Winston Link was a genius in how he captured the steam engines in motion. The museum is well... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ronald W
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The set up of the photographs captures the final days of the steam engine trains. O. Winston Link was a genius in how he captured the steam engines in motion. The museum is well worth the visit.

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Thank Ronald W
Eagle Rock, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our church youth here for an outing. It was great for them and the adults. Lots to interest everyone.

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Thank Connie J
Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The O. Winston Link Museum dedicated to the photography of nationally known photography Link recently welcomed exhibits from its companion History Museum of Western Virginia. The result has created a nice mix of photos of the passing of the steam train along with insight into past days in the Roanoke Valley and western Virginia. For truth-in-advertising, I must reveal that... More 

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Manteo, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the best steam locomotive photos in the world display in some fantastic exhibits! This is another place you don't want to miss, take the enclosed pedestrian bridge to get there from downtown!

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Thank lehook1031
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

O Winston link documented trains and people of the depression era. He used magnesium flares to get high contrast black and white pictures which have become world famous

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Thank Rntwrench
Knoxville Tennessee
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

O. Winston Link had a love affair with steam engines and a talent for showing them. He would take the photos at night and highlight what he wanted you to see with flashbulbs. He showed the interaction of the public with its main method of travel in the first half of the twentieth century. Mostly black and white still shots,... More 

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Thank Silentflier
Kennesaw, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

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.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

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 

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New York
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Reviewed 1 November 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.

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