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Center in the Square, Roanoke

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • This is a fun place to visit, with a nice variety of museums, from a lovely aquarium and candy store on the ground level. I visited the pinball museum and the African American history museum...  more »
  • We ate and shopped here a few times during our stay. Wish the Greek restaurant had been open. Seems to be coming back to life after Covid.  more »
  • 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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