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Center in the Square has a full service box office open Monday* – Sunday. Admission tickets to the resident museums – Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, Kid’s SquareScience Museum of Western Virginia,and  the History Museum of Western Virginia– must be purchased at the Box Office located in the lobby of Center in the Square or online below.

Box Office Policies

Tickets sold by Center in the Square are not refundable or exchangeable except under the following circumstances: Refunds issued only if a show/event is cancelled. Exchanges may be permitted based upon the discretion of individual organization management. Please call the box office at 540.224.1200 for clarification.

Processing Fees and Taxes

The City of Roanoke collects an admissions tax on all admission charges in the city. This tax, plus a nominal ticket processing fee, is NOT included in most advertised ticket and admission prices sold by Center in the Square.


We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash, and checks.

Box Office Hours*

Monday – Saturday 9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday 12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

*Closed on Mondays from Labor Day to Memorial Day

*Times are subject to change

Admission Prices and Times

For more information about all tickets on sale please call 540.224.1200. or email our Box Office Manager – James Royalty at

Gift Certificates are available for certain organizations within Center in the Square!  Please call the box office for information or to purchase a gift certificate at 540.224.1200.

NEW!  Star City Pass includes admission to:

  • Science Museum of Western VA
  • Roanoke Pinball Museum
  • Kids Square
  • Harrison Museum of African American Culture
  • History/O Winston Link Museum
  • VA Museum of Transportation
  • Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Taubman Museum of Art

Valid for a one time visit per attraction on or before December 31, 2018 at a 31% discount!  Not inclusive of special ticketed exhibitions and events.  Please retain confirmation page for entrance to each attraction.  Attraction will validate pass on entry.  All memberships are individual and will need to be purchased separately.

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Center Pass includes admission to:

  • Harrison Museum of African American Culture
  • History Museum of Western VA *Moved to the O. Winston Link Museum*
  • Science Museum including Hidden Garden
  • Kid’s Square
  • Specific discounts from participating performing arts organizations


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Center Pass with Pinball includes admission to:

  • Harrison Museum of African American Culture
  • History Museum of Western VA *Moved to the O. Winston Link Museum*
  • Science Museum including Hidden Garden
  • Kid’s Square
  • Roanoke Pinball Museum
  • Specific discounts from participating performing arts organizations

*Center Pass with Pinball*

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Sunday Funday

Center in the Square and its partner organizations are now offering a deeply discounted joint ticket for every second Sunday of the month. Science Museum is no longer participating in Sunday Funday. The Roanoke Pinball Museum and Kid’s Square will now be included in Sunday Funday!

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Kid’s Square

The museum’s exhibits are varied to encourage exercise, imagination play, dexterity socialization and creativity all while educating. Our hands-on exhibits promote learning through play. Explore our town, forest, dig pit, enjoy our theater, be an engineer in our building room and so much more.

Kid’s Square Punch Card

  • Valid for 10 admissions during normal business hours.
  • One punch per person ages 1 – adult.
  • Card will expire 6 months from date of purchase.
  • Applicable taxes and fees additional to the ticket price.

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Kid’s Square Annual Memberships

  • Memberships are available through the box office only.
  • Please call 540 224 1200 for information or to purchase a membership for Kid’s Square!

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Not-So-Spooky Spectacular

October 26th, 27th, 28th 6-8pm

You and your family are invited to join our volunteers and staff for dinner and some not-so-spooky fun! Find your very own pumpkin in our glow-in-the-dark forest, trick or treat with our super heroes, princesses and other characters waiting with goodies throughout the museum. Play with magical boo bubbles, have your face painted and more. Limited tickets available.


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Roanoke Pinball Museum

The Roanoke Pinball Museum is an interactive museum where patrons can play any machine for one admission price.  “We have the opportunity to playfully educate and introduce a new generation to a game that has consistently reflected the sign of the times in American pop culture while introducing a new attraction to Center in the Square and destination for the Roanoke Valley,” said executive director Jim Sears.  Pinball players, young and old, will be introduced to the history of pinball, the science behind the game, and have an opportunity to appreciate the color, composition and overall design of the back glasses and play fields.

Pinball Annual or Monthly Memberships

  • Memberships are available through the box office only.
  • Please call 540 224 1200 for information or to purchase a membership for the Roanoke Pinball Museum!


The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing, preserving and celebrating the art and history of African Americans for Roanoke Valley citizens and visitors. Our purpose is to cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent.

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Henry Street Festival 2018
Elmwood Park
Roanoke, VA
Saturday Sep 15, 2018

*Postponed due to Hurricane Florence, Rescheduled on Sunday October 7, 2018*

The Henry Street Heritage Festival is the premier event of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. This annual event provides the primary resources to support the ongoing programs and operations of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. As in previous years, the 29th Henry Street Heritage Festival promises to be a great community event presenting an array of diverse entertainment, educational forums, and exposure to African-American heritage as expressed through the performing arts, crafts, cuisines, customs, and merchandise.

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The History Museum of Western Virginia exists to promote an interest in the broad spectrum of history with emphasis on that of southwestern Virginia; to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available materials relating to that history; to sponsor research and publication in the field of regional history; and to provide educational services to people and institutions throughout southwestern Virginia.

*The History Museum of Western Virginia has combined its history exhibits with the O. Winston Link Museum exhibits at 101 Shenandoah Avenue. *



The O. Winston Museum, 101 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, is dedicated to preserving, collecting and interpreting the photographic, audio and video works of photographer Winston Link and his project to document the last days of steam along the Norfolk and Western Railway. It currently houses a special History Museum exhibit “Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature” with readings and crafts.  The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays.

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To make science and technology accessible to all people by being an outstanding regional institution that ignites and nurtures life-long learning.

We fulfill our mission by:

Providing hands-on interactive exhibits.
Offering a variety of innovation programs, both on-site and in the community.
Preserving our collections and using them to enhance learning.
Creating a welcoming atmosphere that stimulates curiosity and wonder.

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Mill Mountain Theatre



West Side Story:

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this classic follows warring families of teenaged gangs and star-crossed lovers, desperate for somewhere to be together forever. The romantic and violent story is told through choreography based on the Jerome Robbins original Tony Award-winning dances, with the music of Leonard Bernstein and the words of then beginner Stephen Sondheim. Since its Broadway debut 60 years ago, it has remained a shining example of the best of this truly American art form. This production of West Side Story is MMT’s contribution to the global celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. Rated PG13 for mature content and violence.

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Parking Pass for West Side Story:

PARK Roanoke offers this parking pass to Mill Mountain Theatre’s patrons, valid when they are attending a performance. This pre-paid pass will be honored for any available space in either the Center in the Square Garage (11 Campbell Ave,) or the Wells Fargo Tower Garage (19 Norfolk Ave) for entrance after 6 p.m. on the date printed on this pass. This pass has a non-refundable value.     buy tickets




The Christmas Cup:

The love between a young girl and her wise grandmother is brought to life on stage from the pages of a story by Nancy Ruth Patterson, Roanoke’s beloved author and educator. The story revolves around a beat up old milkshake cup where Megan collects a year’s worth of scrimped money. Her meager savings and the anonymous gift she buys with them are a metaphor for this season of love and generosity. Rated G

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Announcing 2019 Season



Opera to Live For: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville:

Opera Roanoke closes its 43rd season with a new production of Rossini’s ever-popular romantic comedy, The Barber of Seville. Named after that famous singing barber, factotum, and match-maker Figaro, the heart of Rossini’s sparkling opera beats around his heroine, Rosina. This fully-staged production will feature several Opera Roanoke debuts, including Stephanie Foley Davis in the role of Rosina and Alex DeSocio as Figaro, led by the dream-team of conductor Steven White and stage director Scott Williamson. Celebrate Mother’s day weekend with Opera Roanoke and Rossini!

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Opera to Die For: Gala Concert

*This performance will be at the Jefferson Center.  Please contact Jefferson Center for tickets*

Featuring the last acts of four great operas, this innovative program opens with the company premiere of Act IV of Massenet’s romantic drama, Werther. Act III of Rigolettofollows, featuring some of Verdi’s most popular music, including the tenor aria “La donna è mobile.” The second half of this gala concert opens with Act IV of Verdi’s Otello and closes with Act V of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, two of the greatest operatic adaptions of Shakespeare in the repertory. Maestro Steven White leads the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast of singers in this not-to-be-missed program of “opera to die for.”

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To purchase a season subscription, please contact Brooke Tolley at Opera Roanoke directly. 

Phone: (540) 982-2742