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Center in the Square

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Address: 1 Market Sq SE, Roanoke, VA 24011-1429
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+1 540-342-5700

Adjacent to Market Square and the City Market, Center in the Square...

Adjacent to Market Square and the City Market, Center in the Square provides a home to four cultural arts and science non-profit organizations in our signature building in downtown Roanoke: Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Mill Mountain Theatre. Visit our website or call for individual museum admission pricing. Mill Mountain Theatre and Children's Theatre of Roanoke tickets are available through our full-service box office. Come inside to enjoy our aquariums in the atrium and green rooftop without charge. Building Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. [Note: Roanoke Pinball Museum is closed Mondays. History Museum is closed on Mondays October through April.]

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Makes for a Great Downtown

Center in the Square is the central feature of downtown Roanoke. Surrounded by nifty bars and restaurants and shops, Center in the Square is a spot not to be missed next time you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Albany, NY
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Albany, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Center in the Square is the central feature of downtown Roanoke. Surrounded by nifty bars and restaurants and shops, Center in the Square is a spot not to be missed next time you visit Roanoke. Be sure to check inside the market as well as outside.

Thank eluper
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lot of good places to eat, drink and shop. lot of museums very close by. St. Patricks day parae was a fun event.

Thank stolen1969
Riner, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I've been to the Center in the Square building several times as part of the Roanoke Food Tour. The history they give you on the building is interesting and the views from the roof are outstanding. I was there in the spring and the winter - anytime seems to be a good time to visit.

Thank CBSmith2016
Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

What a cool area. We unfortunately were only able to explore a little bit in the morning before everything was open. But it's a beautiful area with a lot of restaurants and shops. It was easily accessible from the Hotel Roanoke over the pedestrian bridge. I can see spending several trips here to try all the different places. We'll be... More 

Thank laguna5243
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Nice downtown area in Roanoke. Kind of busy at lunch and the parking makes the street feel small. Lots of restaurants , bars, specialty shop, regular business , offices all around. It's basically the entertainment hub of Roanoke. There is an open air market as its anchor. Not much produce going on, more an open space with some local faster... More 

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Woodstock, Virginia
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Was recently at a conference staying at the Hotel Roanoke and it was convenient to walk to this area between classes and there were a nice variety of stores and restaurants.

Thank Teresa F
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This place is just plain fun for children and adults and is right in the middle of town. I wrote a separate review of the amazing pinball machine room. It was full of lively humans and even had snacks. The docents had an amazing knowledge of the pinball history. The rooftop gardens and overlook was a terrific way to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Produce on the weekend, Food every day and evening, a center of downtown Roanoke it is hard not to love this place. There are all sorts of shops, winery opportunities and specialty shops galore. Every time we vist, we go downtown just to experience Roanoke in a different light.

Thank Walter M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice shopping area with neat shops and lots of restaurants. We really enjoyed eating outside at several spots during our trip.

1 Thank E1239DQanned
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We went walking downtown Roanoke today. We haven't visited the museums yet, but just walked around. There are numerous restaurants, of all sorts to fill any appetite. Very unique shops as well.

Thank ChristineR1995rn

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