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!
Man and boy looking at display piece in museum

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.

Special Exhibits

Explore our nation's political history with our new temporary exhibit, which focuses on presidential campaign buttons and stickers. Check out the winners and losers who vied for the world's most powerful office, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt in 1904 through Obama and McCain in 2008. Whether your are a Republican, Democrat, or an Independent, we have your candidate! To add to the political spirit, our exhibit also features items from Roanoke's first mayor and business owner, Hugh Jenkins. So enjoy the spring weather, stroll along Oak Street and stop by to see all of our unique exhibits.  

Coming Soon

Please check back often for upcoming exhibits.