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Center in the Square, Roanoke

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Enhancing the region’s economic development, education, and quality of life by providing a free home to seven of the region’s most important cultural organizations.

The Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, operating as Center in the Square, is independent, private, and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It owns and operates four downtown Roanoke properties: Center in the Square, Center on Church, the former Shenandoah Hotel, and the former downtown Norfolk & Western Railway Passenger Station which houses the O. Winston Link Museum.

The signature facility, Center in the Square, opened December 9, 1983, culminating a community dream begun in 1977 to revitalize a decaying downtown and boost the arts through a downtown cultural center.

Center in the Square is home to four independent cultural organizations: History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, Harrison Museum or African American Culture, Mill Mountain Theatre, and Science Museum of Western Virginia. Center pays the rent for three additional organizations, the O. Winston Link Museum, Opera Roanoke, and Roanoke Ballet Theatre.
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  • We were in town Saturday and decided to go down there and was not disappointed. The place was alive with all kind of vendors and shops.  more »
  • Overall nice venue. Some fun events take place. Very well kept. Have only been there a few times. Wish there was more to do.  more »
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  • Very relaxing atmosphere in Raleigh! Ran into several people along the square that were not only friendly, but seemed genuinely interested in what you had to say and gave excellent ideas of things to do and experience while in the area. There were loads of little shops around perfect for browsing or looking for great little gifts. Also a lot of tasty restaurant options for any meal!
  • I went to the pinball museum for an After Prom hosted there, and was glad to see the kids enjoy all it had to offer. Despite being "behind the times" old games still have great appeal to today's youth. I had fun too

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