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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
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+1 540-982-5465
10:00 - 17:00
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Steam Era of Trains and The Photographer who Did it

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2016
Knoxville Tennessee
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Knoxville Tennessee
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100 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Silentflier
Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

Thank pfm11
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 

Thank Gizbab
Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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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31 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 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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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

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