Plan Your Visit

You can spend a couple of hours or stay all day. There is so much to see at the Virginia Museum of Transportation! The Museum has displays that fascinate everyone from train-happy toddlers to the most experienced rail fan or history buff. Plan to take lots and lots of pictures!

The Museum is conveniently located at 303 Norfolk Ave SW in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia just minutes from Interstate 81. Free parking is available in spaces along the front of the Museum. There is also a large parking lot in front of the Museum which is privately owned: there is no free parking in the private lot! Directions and more information about getting here…

If you think you might visit more than two or three times a year, seriously consider becoming a member! You will save money on admission, summer camps, birthday parties, and in the Museum Store. If you decide to join at the end of your visit, we will deduct the amount you paid for admission that day from the price of a membership! We also offer a joint ticket with the O. Winston Link Museum and discounts for groups.

The Museum is internationally renowned for our rail collection. The stars of the show are two impressive locomotives from the golden age of steam: the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 and Class A 1218. They are joined by nearly 50 pieces of rolling stock in our Rail Yard, and modern Norfolk Southern equipment rolls by all day on the mainline tracks next to the Museum. You can also enjoy a video in our Safety Car Theatre.

Inside, we have cars, trucks, and aviation, ship models, and lots of exhibits. Our facility and restrooms are accessible, although historic rail equipment typically is not.

About four times each year, we offer train rides at special events. Our partner, the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, operates a train consist of historic rail equipment, including a diesel locomotive, a Pullman coach, and cabooses. Check out our full schedule of events…

Make sure you stop in our Museum Store! We carry a great selection of hard-to-find books, toys, DVDs, fun items for your home or office, and custom apparel. New merchandise arrives frequently and sales support our mission of restoration and education!

Roanoke is a great town and an economical place to visit. Take in some of the activities of our partner transportation organizations, and visit the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn more about the great attractions, shops, restaurants, sports venues, and outdoor destinations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!