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Center in the Square

  • One Market Square
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-5700
  • Alternative Phone: (540) 224-1200 (Box Office)
  • Fax: (540) 224-1238
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Center in the Square is a seven-story regional non-profit cultural center providing support for seven cultural and educational organizations.


center-in-the-square-steel-dynamics-coral-reef-aquariumOur spectacular 6,000 gallon living coral reef aquarium is the largest aquarium of its type in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is home to 250 colorful marine fish and 150 live soft and stony corals. The living coral reef system will grow and changes over time and offers exceptional SOL compliant educational value, as well as providing enjoyment for all those who visit and observe. Exciting new technologies with interactive screens provide a learning experience for everyone.

Sea creatures that call this aquarium home include gorgonians, marine sponges, sea cucumbers, snails, hermit crabs, sea biscuits, sea stars, and more.

We are proud and grateful to have a wonderful donor who has sponsored the large aquarium. This will be the largest aquarium of its type in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Located in the Advance Auto Parts Atrium, two 500 gallon, cylindrical aquariums hold up to 36 moon jellyfish each. These aquariums are connected by the seahorse display nestled in a tidal mangrove estuary that is home to species such as Hippocampus Erectus Seahorses, Coral banded shrimp, Scarlett cleaner shrimp, Lawnmower Blenny, Pincushion Sea Urchin, Brittle Starfish (2 varieties: red and black), and Dozens of ocean hitchhikers (including emerald crabs and mantis shrimp).


butterfly-gardenHoused within our signature building known as Center in the Square are four cultural arts and science non-profit organizations:



 In addition, our partner organizations that host events and performances at Center are:










Buy your tickets to our museums and other cultural events at McDonald's Box Office at Center in the Square. For a listing of tickets on sale visit our website and click on Box Office.





  • Directions: Center in the Square is located in the heart of downtown Roanoke. From I-581 south, take exit 5 onto Williamson Road/US 220 Business. Continue approximately 1/4 mile on Williamson Road and turn right on Campbell Avenue. Center in the Square will be on your left.
Things to Do

Things to Do

  • Admission Rates: Varies
  • Sunday Hours: 1pm - 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
  • Gift Shop:
  • Restrooms:
  • Credit Card Types Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes, elevators and restrooms
Center in the Square Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 5
  • Total Sqft.: 12,852
  • Largest Room: 8,070
  • Banquet Capacity: 220
  • Exhibit Space:
  • Reception Capacity: 500
  • Description: There are various meeting facilities within Center in the Square including the Atrium, Rooftop, Board Room, and Community Room. Please contact Jenny Roberts for more information, call 540.224.1251 or e-mail specialevents@centerinthesquare.org
Meeting Facility Rooms
Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Rooftop Butterfly Deck   3296   X               135     290  
Rooftop Upper Deck   3296   X                   220  
Advance Auto Parts Atrium   8070   X               200     500  
Board Room   711   X           38          
Bridge Walk Community Room   775   X               48     75  
Offer Title Start Date End Date Offer Details
All-In-One Tickets for Center in the Square 11/01/2014 04/01/2015


The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
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