Touch-Tank.museumsThe Smith Mountain Lake museums surrounding our lake and in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge make for an entertaining and educational sightseeing experience for any visitor.  If staying at one of our vacation rentals at Smith Mountain Lake, feel free to call us and see what discounts in the off season we offer. You can check out the state of Virginia’s Official Museum of Transportation, which highlights the region’s rich and unique rail heritage along with other instrumental transportation facets of Virginia’s history, and learn more about the impact of the railroad on the Roanoke Valley while seeing some stunning rail photography. You can be mesmerized by the striking architecture and exhibits of the local art museums. The famous Taubman Museum of Art by world re-known architect Frank Gehry – makes for an interesting stroll, just on the architecture itself, and the play of light.

Plan a Blue Ridge Day around amazing experiences centered on history, science, and African American heritage at an amazing arts & culture center in Downtown Roanoke.

The local science museum even offers the opportunity to walk through an exotic butterfly habitat, featuring various species of butterflies from around the world. This is one of the top things to do around Smith Mountain Lake, VA for those with young children.

The Taubman Museum of Art

110 Salem Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5760

Modern facility housing permanent & traveling exhibits, interactive area for kids, cafe & gift shop. Designed by Frank Gehry.

Science Museum of Western Virginia

1 Market Square SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5710

Center for wide-ranging exploration of the scientific world, with a butterfly garden & planetarium.

History Museum of Western Virginia

1 Market Square SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5770

Weapons, costumes & more exhibited in a museum devoted to the region’s cultural heritage.

Harrison Museum of African American Culture

1 Market Square SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 857-4395

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University

8009 Fishburn Drive
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6532

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

20 Museum Drive, Ferrum College
Ferrum, VA 24088
(540) 365-4416

O. Winston Link Museum

101 Shenandoah Avenue NE
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 982-5465

Virginia Museum of Transportation

303 Norfolk Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 342-5670

Planes, trains & cars are displayed in a former freight depot with all-ages rides & tours.