Roanoke Pinball Museum

This interactive museum is dedicated to the science & history of pinball. Our mission is to cultivate curiosity in science, art and history through pinball while preserving and honoring its role in American culture.

Featuring over 50 machines with production dates ranging from the 1930s to modern times, admission allows patrons to play at their leisure, but also to learn. 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 backglasses and playfields.

SOL-compliant curriculum and educational resources will be available to students and teachers to reinforce their visit to the museum. 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.

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Harrison Museum of African American Culture


The Harrison Museum of African-American Culture is an educational and cultural institution committed to promoting, showcasing, and celebrating the art and history of African-Americans in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. Memorabilia, photographs, and objects relating to the African-American experience form an extensive portion of the Harrison Museum’s Permanent Collection, as does an impressive collection of African and contemporary art. In addition, oral stories and recollections of community elders highlight the culture and significance of the Valley’s black communities offering a significant enrichment to the materials found in the Museum’s archives.

Just as our other organizations seek to cultivate awareness and appreciation of their form, the Harrison Museum does the same for the significant contributions of people of African descent, and Center in the Square is excited to have the opportunity to help further that mission. Residency in Center in the Square enables the Harrison Museum to foster and educate our children, reach broader audiences, garner greater visibility, and contribute significantly to an inclusive and cohesive image by sharing the collective African-American story – one of great individual accomplishment in the face of adversity and prejudice.

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The Roanoke STARCADE is a new, 3,000 square foot facility featuring classic and new arcade systems and activities for gaming, competition, private engagements and of course, great fun. The experience at Roanoke STARCADE will be similar to Roanoke Pinball Museum in that patrons can pay one low entry fee for endless gaming during their regular business hours.

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Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum – Kids Square

The Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum, Kids Square, is a space in downtown Roanoke located on the third floor inside of the Center in the Square. This fun museum is geared towards children ages 10 and under. The exhibits encourage play, education and gross motor skills that are important for the development of children in this age range. Children over the age of 10, yes that includes adults, will enjoy our interactive exhibit and other areas within the Kids Square as well!

Let your child’s magic run free with our carefully selected exhibits that are geared toward learning through play and discovery! Exhibits include:

  • THE TOWN: Approximately 4,000 of the 15,000square feet of the museum is a miniature real-life town. Each space is designed as a different miniature version of real businesses. Currently; Hometown Bank, Kroger, COX Communications, Carilion Children’s, Roanoke Catholic School, BlueRidge Dental, Miracle Ear, Cave Spring VeterinaryClinic and Grand Home Furnishings are all located in our little town.

  • THE FOREST: Tree forts, a rock climbing wall, log tunnels and slides, are just a few of the active opportunities children will be able to enjoy. Also included in this area is a camping exhibit complete with a kid sized RV camper along with a tent and a camp fire! Look out for the hobbit house…hidden within the trees!

  • THE THEATER: This space will include a stage with costumes and props, kid controlled stage lighting, a lighted vanity and a puppet theater. The stage will also give our beneficiary organizations an opportunity to do pop-up performances or gather together as a group.

  • BUILDING ZONE: Families will come together to build a ball run, magnet maze or simply build their own structures with many different materials including; blocks, Lincoln Logs and more. {This is a traveling exhibit and may change periodically.}

  • SENSORY COVE: This area was designed specifically for children that have sensory challenges, although a child at any age or development level will be able to enjoy this space.Cause and effect lighting, tactile walls, fun mirrors and a fish aquarium will be highlighted in this area.

  • THE DIG PIT: Kids can enjoy pretending to dig in our kid friendly mess-free pit!

  • CLASSROOMS: Programming space for educators to utilize when visiting the museum.

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Science Museum of Western Virginia


SMWV is proud to be among the fewer than 5% of museums in the U.S. nationally accredited by the American Association of Museums. SMWV is dedicated to a mission of accessibility and education, and the facility is used as a laboratory for hands-on, interactive learning. As one of the oldest science museums in Virginia and one of the most visited attractions in the region, the museum has served millions of K-12 school children and thousands more through college and community outreach programs and public events. Each and every week, hundreds of children come from more than 40 school districts in Virginia. SMWV promotes school readiness, science and health awareness, academic and career development opportunities, and scientific literacy.

The Science Museum of Western Virginia plays a critical role in educating the public and our youth. The new Center incorporates aspects of the reinvented Science Museum throughout the facility. The “reinvention” of their galleries and programs to focus on environmental stewardship, healthy living, and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy in the region actively coincided with the renovation of Center in the Square.

The Hidden Garden

The new Hidden Garden reflects the growing awareness of the importance of supporting pollinators in all stages of their life cycle. Visitors will be able to search for eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises within the garden. Unfortunately there are no butterflies in the garden at the moment.

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