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Virginia Museum of Transportation

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.



  • 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.
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
  • Gift Shop:
  • Restrooms:
  • 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.

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                    

African American Rail Heritage Day

  • June 20, 2015
  • Location: Virginia Museum of Transportation
  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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A celebration of African Americans’ important contributions to the railroad. The event will be family-oriented during the day with music and… View Details

Star City Motor Madness Car and Truck Show

  • June 26, 2015
  • Location: Friday night: Williamson Road Saturday: Downtown Roanoke
  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Star City Motor Madness is a celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising. Friday night includes a cruise along… View Details

Candy Cane Express at the Virginia Museum of Transportation

  • December 5, 2015
  • Location: Virginia Museum of Transportation
  • Address: 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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The annual Roanoke holiday tradition returns! It’s the most affordable family holiday event in the Roanoke Valley. Train rides, crafts, SANTA!… View Details

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