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Cultural Center

Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston, WV
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Civic Centers
Description: Complex that houses a variety of interesting tourist sites such as the State Museum, reference libraries, and a live-performance theater.
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Point Pleasant
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is one of the most interesting museums in the state. Follows the history of WV thru the 21st century. Exhibits are outstanding and thousands of objects to pique your interests. Not to compare it to the Smithsonian but is similar in that you must go back and back to really take advantage of all it has to offer. I've... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Have lived nearby for a long time and never went. I was missing out! This place is great! A must see if staying in Charleston. Left there and passed through the Capital and ran into the Governor. He let us take pictures with him. Great time!

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Red House, West Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Visited second time since the museum was remodeled a few years ago. It is a great place to learn WV history. So many things to do. Went with school group and the kids participated in a scavenger hunt. Great gift shop with lots of books. Excellent way to spend an afternoon. Closed on Sunday and Monday. FREE!

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Hurricane, West Virginia, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I was told for four years to go see the Cultural Center, I am so glad I finally went! The place is amazing a step back in time. Would be a great family outing for a rainy day you could spend hours there and still want to go back.

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Charleston, WV
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This place is awesome. I've been 3 times and still would go back. You can spend 8 hours and still miss things. It starts with pre-historic and goes to present. I can't encourage you more to go to this museum.

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Marysville, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We went to learn about the history of WV and ended up seeing part of a Miss WV competition! Thought we were at the wrong place for a minute when we walked in and lots of heavily makeup-ed young girls in tiny dresses were all over lol nice facility, although if it is raining (like it was on our visit)... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Modern, clean and informational presentation to West Virginia's history, culture, and effects on the development of the United States.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

On our first visit to Charleston we make a point of stopping by the Cultural Center. We spent about 90 minutes reviewing the history of West Virginia dating back thousands of years. It wasn't long enough. If you go, try to set aside about three hours to get through all the exhibits... they're very educational and totally free. We didn't... More

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Salem, OR
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I was absolutely impressed by the state museum that is housed at the Cultural Center. This was my first trip to WV, and having been to some other state capitols I wasn't sure what to expect but this was completely amazing. I was only able to spend about 2 hours which was not enough time for this very well laid... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went to Charleston for Mountain Stage (which was beyond wonderful btw) and loved the Center. It's an inviting, bright space. I would go to anything there.

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