Located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station, The Virginia Museum of Transportation has been collecting and preserving the Commonwealth's transportation history since 1963. We are recognized as The Commonwealth's Official Transportation Museum by the General Assembly and house a great collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. Family-friendly and chock-full of interactive exhibits and artifacts, VMT proudly provides a unique and exciting museum experience for all.
At VMT, we seek to highlight our Nation's transportation history by providing a unique, educational, and fascinating museum experience that appeals to each member of every family. Through exciting, interactive exhibits and artifacts, we take our patrons back in time and bring history to life. Our museum offers both historical and cultural context that allows us to enlighten and educate visitors in-depth about the various concepts that have been so pivotal in shaping transportation over time within the Commonwealth and beyond.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sundays 1 PM to 5 PM
Please note the parking spaces directly adjacent to the front of the Museum are always free for paying guests. There is additional parking along city streets in designated areas and in the Salem Avenue parking garage.
Wondering how best to check out the Museum? We've assembled a list of some popular ideas and events to mark your calendar for!
With over 30 cars on display, from classic Studebakers to sleek Lincoln Convertibles, there's something for every car enthusiast. Get up close and personal with vintage Whippets and also see some of the first electric car technology from GM. You'll love exploring the history and evolution of automobiles, and seeing how these incredible machines have shaped our world. Whether you're a gearhead or just curious about the world of cars, the Auto Gallery is sure to delight and inspire you.
First EV GM Car
1949 Packard Super Eight
VT Smart Car
Over 30+ Historical Cars
Aviation has revolutionized the way we travel, allowing us to easily and quickly move people and goods across long distances. It has also played a key role in shaping international trade and commerce, and has had a major impact on the global economy. In addition, the history of aviation is a fascinating and exciting subject that can teach us about the technological advancements, innovative minds, and bravery of the people who have made it possible for us to soar through the skies.
History of Flight
Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Engine
Boarding Passenger Fuselage
Airport Lighting Interactive
Model Airplane Gallery
Step into the Rail Gallery at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and experience the history of rail travel. From steam engines to modern diesel locomotives, our exhibits showcase the vital role rail transportation played in shaping our nation's economy and infrastructure. Explore interactive displays and get an up-close look at a full-size cab from the locomotive of Norfolk Southern SD40.
Large Scale Train Models
History of Rail
Norfolk Southern SD40 Cab
Pass through the O-Gauge Gallery on your way to the Auto Gallery and take in all the sights of our model train exhibit! The area also holds a 1941 Piper J3 that's impossible to miss!
0-Gauge Model Railroad
1941 J3 Piper Cub
The Virginia Museum of Transportation's viewable outside railyard is a truly unique experience for visitors. What sets the outside railyard apart is the opportunity to get an up-close look at these amazing machines. Visitors can climb aboard and explore the various trains, experiencing a taste of rail travel firsthand. And with knowledgeable guides on hand to answer questions and share insights, the railyard offers a truly immersive and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
A Class #1218
Safety Training Car
1776 Red White & Blue