Permanent Exhibits Texas & Pacific Railway
Renowned as the Unique Dining Capital of Texas, Roanoke's beginnings
were humble - and there were not nearly as many places to eat as there
are today. The city we know today as Roanoke was founded, platted, and
named by the Texas and Pacific Railroad when it laid track through the
area in 1881 in its push to construct the first southern
transcontinental railroad line.
Stop by and see our homage to
the railroad, a collection which includes railroad memorabilia, as well
as a Texas and Pacific model train. Do not forget to blow the train
whistle before you leave!
Mammoths & Mastodons
Did you know that during the last Ice Age, 80,000 years ago, Roanoke was a swampy, wet grassland inhabited by massive mammals? Giant mammoths and mastodons roamed the area eating grass and other plants with their giant molars. Over 50 years ago, a Roanoke resident unearthed some of these massive teeth, which are now on display at the Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum.
Come in and explore our collection of vintage clothing, including a bodice from the 1890s, horse racing silks from a local jockey, and several fine examples of World War II military uniforms.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the pictures on display at the Roanoke Visitor Center and; Museum tell the story of Roanoke's colorful past in wonderful detail. Look at pictures of Roanoke 100 years ago and imagine what it was like to live here then.
Honoring Our Veterans
Veteran's Day is a time for us to honor all of those who have so bravely served our country as a member of the United States military; we want to honor them year round. Come see the advancements made in combat helmets as you compare a metal helmet from World War I to an advanced combat helmet used by our soldiers today. In addition, we will feature a display of World War II uniforms, a Purple Heart Medal of Honor, as well as a pictorial tribute to local veterans.
A brand-new temporary exhibit showcasing vintage uranium glassware is open at the museum! The unique color of uranium glass is made by adding uranium oxide to the glass mix before melting (don't worry -- it's safe). The green to yellow-green color fluoresces bright green under ultraviolet light, and our exhibit features beautiful elegant glass, custard glass, and Depression glass. Admission is FREE, as always!