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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.Work out when and for how long to visit Center in the Square and other Roanoke attractions using our handy Roanoke vacation builder tool.
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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The city of Roanoke talks about the free things to do and visiting the aquarium in the Center in the Square is one of them. If you've seen an aquarium in someone's house then don't stop by here. The.... more
The city of Roanoke talks about the free things to do and visiting the aquarium in the Center in the Square is one of them. If you've seen an aquarium in someone's house then don't stop by here. The.... more »
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...
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 »
a one of a kind special place! staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable. we got a chance to relive some exciting childhood memories covering all of the years of arcade fun. every pinball machine I have ever played or seen all working and in almost new shape. Video games from asteroids to dragons lair and all in between. this museum will provide multiple days fun and excitement for the entire family. we are going back many more times. surrounding businesses have many restaurants and the people everywhere were friendly and helpful with information. the museum is open 11 to 8 and when you go plan on making a day of your trip. only pay admission fee and play for free on pinball and or video games. they also have rooftop gardens, aquarium, and movie theater for children and adults alike. we didn't adventure into the theater or gardens. there was a private event in the gardens. this is a gem of an adventure that all ages will enjoy.
First time I have been to Kids Square and was very impressed! There are a multitude of activities for kids 6 months to probably 12/13 years old. There is a sensory wall (buttons and also brushes (see pics). There is a train set, octonauts play set, tons of building sets, music, sandbox, small rubber pieces "sandbox" (see pics it's blue), "play" restaurant/ bank/ hospital/ vet/ grocery store/ campsite, climbing wall, puppet theater, I know I'm forgetting some but hoping this gives the idea that this is A LOT. definitely going back with my 8 year old step son!! The staff was very friendly and were constantly cleaning.
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