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303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA  24016

DIRECTIONS: Take Elm Ave. exit off I-581, go North on Williamson Road to Salem Avenue, go right to 3rd St.  3rd takes you directly to museum.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Virginia Museum of Transportation fires the imagination! The whole family can climb aboard decades-old steam locomotives while watching modern trains zoom by on busy active tracks. Don't miss two "last of their class" steam giants: the N&W Class J 611 and the N&W Class A 1218. The museum is located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station in the heart of Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. Explore our extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rail cars, and model trains.

Explore cars and other vehicles from nearly every decade of the twentieth century, and artifacts and models from Greyhound, Trailways, and Virginia transit companies.

The Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery interprets Virginia’s aviation history and aviation technology. The Maritime Gallery has models of historic sailing ships, plus modern ships called Roanoke.

Much of the collection is outdoors. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for outdoor temperatures.

PARKING:  In front of building and paid parking lot across the street.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  No paths around building.  Parking area directly off of street.

ENTRANCE:  Located front of building.  3 exterior steps, each 4 in. high.  Handrails on left/right.  Ramps provided.  2 entry doors, 72 in. wide, easily open out with U shaped handle located 41 in. above floor.  

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Adjacent to lobby near stairs.  Doors 35 in. wide, open out.  No turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 30 in. wide doors opening out, and handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, 13 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height 35 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Unisex or companion assisted rest rooms available.


For guests with hearing disabilities, amplified audio unit and written scripts are available.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on exhibits and some signs in large print with contrasting background. 

For guests with mobility disabilities, the Rail Yard, and the main gallery exhibit areas are accessible. The Safety Instruction Car is an historic car not designed to modern ADA standards. There is on-grade access to the car, but the theatre is not accessible by wheelchairs or strollers.

The Model Circus Exhibit is in an upstairs gallery accessible only by stairs. Stairs are also necessary to enter the rolling stock that is open to the public and the Roanoke Valley Model Engineers' layouts in the Museum's basement that are open for some special events.  

FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES:  Vending machines and picnic tables located outside rear of building.  Table height 27 in.

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles 45 in. wide.  Counters 38 in. high. Has 611 merchandise, books, DVDs, hats, clothing, toys and much more. Link to on-line store.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards: V and MC.  Admission fee.  Hours:  Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Closed Easter Sunday; Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day; New Years Day.

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