The Roanoke History & O. Winston Link Museums will offer free admission to visitors from seven counties and two cities on the second Saturday of every month beginning May 13. The program covers Craig, Botetourt, Roanoke, Bedford, Montgomery, Franklin and Floyd counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. It continues through October 2023.
The museums’ Local Days is part of a larger initiative to provide greater access to the Roanoke region’s history, art and material cultures. In addition to free admission, free in-museum activity packets will be available for youngsters and families. Packets include art activities and a scavenger hunt. Also, new interactive experiences are found throughout the museum.
Free dates, in addition to May 13, are June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 and Oct. 14. The History and Link museums are housed in an historic train passenger station across from Hotel Roanoke. The museums are operated by the Historical Society of Western Virginia and are Center in the Square partners. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.