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Virginia Museum of Transportation

  • 303 Norfolk Avenue SW
  • Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Phone: (540) 342-5670
  • Fax: (540) 342-6898
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The Virginia Museum of Transportation fires the imagination! Climb aboard decades-old steam locomotives while watching modern trains zoom by on active mainline tracks. Located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station, the museum includes an extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives and other types of rail cars. The pride of the Rail Yard are two of the most advanced steam locomotives ever built, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 and Class A 1218.

Other visitor favorites include model trains, automotive and aviation exhibits, buggies, a trolley bus, and a Jupiter Rocket. The museum store is a great source for hard-to-find transportation-related toys, books, DVDs and gifts. After your visit, stroll along the Railwalk toward Roanoke’s Farmers’ Market to watch more trains and enjoy hands-on exhibits about Roanoke’s rail history.

Things to Do

Things to Do

  • Admission Rates: Adults $8; Seniors (60+) $7; Children (3-11) $6; Children under three are free
  • Sunday Hours: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Monday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Holidays Closed: New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
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  • Credit Card Types Accepted: VISA, Mastercard
  • AAA Discount:
  • Handicap Accessible: The circus exhibit on the second floor and locomotive cabs are accessible by stairs only
  • Additional Information: Roanoke City admissions tax not included.

    Group rates and guided group tours are available when booked in advance. Please call two weeks ahead: 540-342-5670.



  • Directions: Conveniently located in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia just minutes from Interstate 81 on I-581/220 South. Look for the long building with the Jupiter Rocket beside it on one end.
Virginia Museum of Transportation Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 23,805
  • Largest Room: 10,000
  • Exhibit Space:
  • Description: Located in Roanoke’s historic freight station. (6 meeting rooms, 23,805 square feet)
Meeting Facility Rooms
Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Board Room   730   X                    
Navigation Station   475   X                    
Large Conference Room   1600   X                    
Auto Gallery   10000   X                    
Aviation Gallery   3660   X                    
Main Gallery   3550   X                    

All Aboard!,Peg McGuire

  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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May 24: All Aboard! The Class J 611 is leaving Roanoke for her long awaited restoration, and the VMT is celebrating with a full day of activities… View Details

Emergency Services Tribute Day!,Peg McGuire

  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Emergency Services Tribute Day Sponsored by Carilion Clinic Emergency Services and Med-Trans come see the past, present and future of EMS equipment… View Details

Roanoke Railfest: Celebrating the railroad's African American Heritage,Peg McGuire

  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Roanoke Railfest Come celebrate the release of Cotton to Silk, a collection of oral histories from our Norfolk & Western African American… View Details

Smokey the Bear and the Virginia Department of Forestry comes to the VMT!,Peg McGuire

  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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Meet Smokey the Bear and learn how the Virginia Department of Forestry cares for our land and keeps people safe. The new exhibit debuts on May 10,… View Details

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