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O. Winston Link Museum


The O. Winston Museum is dedicated to preserving, collecting and interpreting the photographic, audio and video works of photographer Winston Link and his project to document the last days of steam along the Norfolk and Western Railway. With over 300 black and white and color images on exhibit, the Museum welcomes all to explore this vibrant but gone part of our history. The Museum also exhibits work by other photographers on a temporary and regular basis as part of the goal to create a photography cultural center. Interactive kiosks and a 30-minute documentary film are also available.

General Admission Rates:

  • Adults - $5.00
  • Seniors - $4.50
  • Children (3-11) - $4.00

  Raymond Loewy Gallery-

In September of 2006, the O. Winston Link Museum opened its newest gallery, Raymond Loewy, Designer For A Modern Era, in the former N&WPassenger Station. This exhibit chronicles the life and career of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Loewy, known for streamlined, modern designs was heralded for his work on the Pennsylvania Railroad Locomotives: T1, S1, and especially the redesigned GG1. Working with Pennsylvania Rail Road led to his relationship with the N&W and the overhaul of the Passenger station in the headquarters city of the Norfolk and Western.

Removing the heavy brick facade and replacing it with a sleek glass and metal front created a more open station. Throughout the 1948 and 1949 renovation, changes were made to allow more efficient flow of people and use of space. Decorative elements were incorporated as in the terrazzo flooring with the N&W emblem and a compass rose imbedded in the flooring. The high, domed ceiling was enhanced to use the natural echo for calling trains from a central location. Modern in the 1940s and modern still today, the Raymond Loewy Gallery uses the building to relate Loewy’s work to our visitors. Incorporating a short biographical film done by Loewy’s daughter, the gallery covers many elements of this great man’s work and career, but with a focus on the transportation fields.


Designer for a Modern Era is a free gallery and is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.


Meeting Facilities:

  • Norfolk Southern Lobby - Ideal for receptions, corporate or private parties, and fundraisers as you over look downtown Roanoke. The lobby holds up to 400 people and can seat 175.
  • Lecture Hall and Trackside Lobby - The General Electric Transportation Theater seats 75 and is perfect for lectures, meetings, or seminars. It comes with a full screen projector, laptop hookup, and DVD player. The Trackside Lobby is great for holding a reception before or after your event.
  • Link Galleries - The galleries are available as a unique, added asset to your special event. Invite your guests to stroll through the galleries and experience the dramatic black and white photography of O. Winston Link. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and give tours, if requested in advance. Please note that no food or drink are permitted in the galleries.
  • Meeting space available for receptions/banquets.

Group Tour Services - Group rates of $4.00/pp for groups of 10 and higher, one comp per 25 people.



  • Directions: I-81 to Exit 143. Take Route 581 south to Exit 5 (Downtown Exit) and bear to left side of exit ramp. Yield onto Williamson Road. Museum at second right, at corner of Williamson Road and Shenandoah Avenue.
Things to Do

Things to Do

  • Admission Rates: $5, $4.50, $4
  • 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
  • Holidays Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
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  • Credit Card Types Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes - ramp, restrooms, elevator


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O. Winston Link Museum Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 3
  • Total Sqft.: 1,700
  • Theatre Capacity: 75
  • Exhibit Space:
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Meeting Facility Rooms
Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Lobby   0   X                   400  
Gallery   0   X                   250  
Trackside Lobby & Theater   0   X       75             100  
Offer Title Start Date End Date Offer Details
O. Winston Link Fall Tours 01/01/2014 N/A
The Link Museum welcomes parties of all sizes. Groups of ten or more receive a special rate of $4.00 per person. Guides and drivers receive a More...

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