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Museum Admission for Two or Four at O. Winston Link Museum (Up to 55% Off)

O. Winston Link Museum

Roanoke

Seven galleries trace photographer Link’s documentation of steam-powered rail

$10 $5

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (50% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

$16 $8

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library (40% Off)

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

$50 $30

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Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to 50% Off)

National D-Day Memorial

National D-Day Memorial

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

$20 $10

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Museum-Visit Package for Two or Four at Virginia Museum of Natural History (50% Off)

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Natural-history museum’s new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

$20 $10

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Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 53% Off)

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Avoca Museums & Historical Society

During 90-minute tours, explore a restored 1901 mansion whose grounds include six other historical buildings and a family cemetery

$10 $6

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Admission for Two or Four and Credit at the Gift Shop at George C. Marshall Museum (55% Off)

George C. Marshall Museum

George C. Marshall Museum

Parents: children under twelve are always free, so bring the kids!

$20 $9

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Visit for One Adult or Two Adults and Two Children to Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Up to 69% Off)

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Downtown Winston-Salem

Original structures and artifacts, bucolic gardens, and museum exhibits channel the charms of a Moravian town in the 18th and 19th centuries

$23 $8

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4 or 10 Groupons, Each Good for Admission for One to Virginia Discovery Museum (50% Off)

Virginia Discovery Museum

Virginia Discovery Museum

Interactive children's museum features such hands-on activities as a mini Panera Bread, a frontier cabin, a post office, and a bee hive

$6 $3

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Visit to Home of President James Monroe for Two or Four at Ash Lawn-Highland (Up to 43% Off)

Ash Lawn-Highland

Ash Lawn-Highland

Residence of President James Monroe features tours of the home and estate that illuminate 18th- and 19th-century living

$28 $16

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  • O. Winston Link Museum
    While stationed on Long Island to conduct secret war research for the U.S. government during World War II, O. Winston Link started snapping photographs of the Long Island Railroad tracks behind his lab. Eager to capture large-scale railroad pictures at night, he built his own customized flash equipment. After the war, Link harnessed that creative curiosity by spending five years photographing the Norfolk and Western Railway, the last large steam-powered American railroad. From his 20 trips to the railway's tracks in four states, Link collected 2,400 pictures. His work didn't garner attention until the 1980s, when he published his first collection of railroad photos in the lauded book Steam, Steel & Stars. The West Virginia Historical Society continues to preserve his legacy with the O. Winston Link Museum, which showcases Link's Norfolk and Western project while filling in its historical context. Throughout seven galleries, patrons hear the sounds of bustling locomotive engines, adjust the lighting of an interactive diorama's photograph, and ogle Link's original photographic equipment, including flashbulbs, power boxes, and super power boxes. The museum underscores its edifying galleries with a plentitude of tours, workshops, and ongoing photography programs.
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    101 Shenandoah Ave
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Taubman Museum of Art
    As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences.
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    110 Salem Avenue Southeast
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation
    In the 1850s, the Norfolk & Western Railway made its way to Big Lick, Virginia, transforming the sleepy town into a locomotive hub of the south. The Virginia Museum of Transportation walks visitors through this industrial change with its historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, model trains, and rail collection, which features more than 50 pieces of rolling stock, including some of the most advanced Roanoke-made steam engines ever built in the Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and Class A-1218. Railway exhibits recount the exploits of the industry’s most renowned names and provide an opportunity for visitors to hop aboard an actual diesel locomotive and complain loudly about the lack of complimentary peanuts. Additional engine-powered attractions include a century’s worth of automobiles and the recently reopened Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery collection.
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    303 Norfolk Ave. SW
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Center in the Square
    Chartered in 1970 as the first science museum in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Science Museum of Western Virginia educates all ages with interactive exhibits and events. Exhibits include displays that engage visitors with information about healthy living, Earth-themed lessons about geology, energy, and natural resources, and a how-it-works gallery that answers questions about physics, chemistry, technology, and why gravity shuts off every leap day.
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    1 Market Sq SE
    Roanoke, VA US
  • Historic Smithfield Plantation
    The Historic Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to step back into 1774. The house has sheltered the Preston family through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and now stands as a document of the past with a home and plantation grounds.
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    1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd.
    Blacksburg, VA US
  • Avoca Museums & Historical Society
    The Avoca Museum & Historical Society was once the site of the Revolutionary-era home of Colonel Charles Lynch and the centerpiece of a sprawling plantation. Today, it houses native artifacts and Civil War memorabilia curated to preserve local history. Size: 54 acres of land, including the sprawling Victorian house Eye Catcher: the main house, an American Queen Anne?style home built in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the interior has been lovingly restored to appear as it did in its heyday Permanent Exhibits: the replica of the 1880 cabin that originally stood on the site, including a rope bed and stone fireplace Don't Miss: the family graveyard?as well as a graveyard for the plantation's slaves?stand as a reminder of the land's history and provide some information about what African American life was like before the Civil War Pro Tip: the Avoca Museum is a popular wedding venue, so check the website's homepage or call ahead to make sure it's not closed for a private event
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    1514 Main St
    Altavista, VA US

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