The Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide lists museums, archives, libraries, resource organizations, and historical sites related to the regionís history and folk culture.

Roanoke City in Roanoke County

Catholic Historical Society Museum of Roanoke Valley
400 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke 24016
(540) 982-0152
Exhibits about Catholic history in the Roanoke Valley, photos and artifacts from Roanoke Valley parishes.
Open Tues, 10am-2pm, or by appointment.

Harrison Museum of African-American Culture
523 Harrison Ave., NW, Roanoke 24026-2544
(540) 345-4818
Regional and local African-American history, art exhibits, and annual events.
Open Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 1-5pm.

Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia
1 Market Square, Center in the Square, Roanoke 24011
(540) 342-5770
Archive, library and audio-visual theatre; traces mankindís impact on western Virginia
from prehistoric to modern times.
Office open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
Museum open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm.

Museum of Theatre History of Roanoke Valley (part of Museum and Historical
Society of Western Virginia)
1 Market Square, Center in the Square, Roanoke 24011
(540) 342-5770
Artifacts from the Academy of Music, American Theatre, and other theatres in the
Roanoke Valley.
Open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm.

Roanoke Downtown Walking Tour
See the Roanoke Valley Visitors Guide available at the Roanoke Valley Visitors Center.

Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke 24016
(800) 635-5535 or (540) 345-8622
Local information.
Open daily, 9am-5pm

To the Rescue Museum
Tanglewood Mall, 4428 Electric Rd., Roanoke 24014
(540) 776-0364
Interactive rescue exhibits, history of rescue techniques, and memorials to rescuers.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 1-6pm.

Vinton Historical Society Museum/Upson House Museum
210 Jackson St., Vinton 24179
(540) 342-8634 or 890-0007
Exhibits on World War Two, Civil War, mills, and schools.
Open Thurs and Sat, 10am-2pm.

Virginia Museum of Transportation
303 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke 24011
(540) 342-5670
Locomotives, cabooses, vintage cars and trucks, carriages, and a four-tier model train layout.
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon to 5pm; closed Mon, Jan-Feb.
Admission charged.

Virginiaís Explore Park
P.O. Box 8508, Mile Post 115,
Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke 24014
(540) 427-1800
1,100-acre environmental, historical, and recreational park; interpreters depict life in Virginia from 1000 AD to 1850.
 Open May-Oct, Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12-5pm.
Admission charged.

Roanoke City Public Library
706 Jefferson St., Roanoke 24061-5191
(540) 853-2473
Regional and genealogical research in the Virginia Room.
Open Mon-Thurs, 9am-9pm; Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sept-May, Sun, 1-5pm.

Roanoke County Courthouse
305 E. Main St., Salem 24153
(540) 387-6211
Historical and genealogical resources.
Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm.