Roanoke Museums – Bottom of the Shenandoah Valley

I don’t know if “bottom of the Valley” sounds positive, but Roanoke, the “Star City of the South” is a beautiful place and it lies at the Southern end of the Shenandoah Valley. I moved to Roanoke when I was in high school, and while I only lived there full-time for a year, my parents and sister have stayed, so I get to visit at least a few times a year.

My sister is currently home on leave from her deployment to Afghanistan, so I’m spending some time with her. Today we visited two of Roanoke’s museums.

Taubman Museum of Art – This museum gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some amazing works of art. Three special exhibitions on view now are the James Grashow: Corrugated Fountain exhibit, the Primitivo Suarez-Wolf: Recurring exhibit, and the Quilt Art: International Expressions exhibit. I enjoyed all of them, as well as the paintings and modern art permanent exhibits.

Virginia Museum of Transportation – Virginia has a long history with Norfolk Southern Railway, and this museum celebrates NS as well as other modes of transportation. Dad has worked with the railroad since his late teens or early twenties, and he’s moved from Crewe to Roanoke to stay onboard. He enjoyed the tour today, and it was fun to join him.

train

train

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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