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Address: Lower level of the Cultural Center, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV
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Description: Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history...
Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an extensive collection of antique hats donated by a local school teacher to the telescope George Washington used to survey lands within the state.
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Must do in Charleston!

This is a must see if you are traveling in WV and enjoying learning about the area. Very well laid out museum and lots of great info.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you are traveling in WV and enjoying learning about the area. Very well laid out museum and lots of great info.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We spent two nice hours in the museum . Its really well done and well maintained! Congratulations! You can learn the culture and how the state grow along the various events.. I liked the small movies and the narration along the way.. And.. Its FREE! I do recommend. Being from Brasil and living in Boston was a great experience to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stopped in today with my six and two year old. They had a scavenger hunt that my older son enjoyed and my daughter liked the fish along with the soda fountain. The amount of stuff was the right amount for an hour visit, with older kids this could be 1.5 hours. We stopped by the Capitol building after and... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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100 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I decided to visit the State Museum since I was already touring the State Capitol building. The two buildings are located next to each other and share the same parking lot. I allocated an hour to view the museum. I was pleasantly surprised by the museum and discovered that an hour wasn't quite enough! The museum is laid out as... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The museum is set up in a way that would keep the whole family's interest. In the basement of the cultural center, its a winding hallway made to look like a coal mine with a vast array of historical displays from WV vastly overlooked history. Parking is metered.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We actually went to the museum when we had family visiting out of town. We are new to Charleston WV so we really did not know what was around. After getting a visitors guide book we decided to go to the museum. First of all, parking is metered, so have plenty of change with you. It is hard to judge... More 

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WV
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

And part of the Capitol Complex, this free museum is a must see if you are in the area. The cultural center upstairs has changing art exhibits in addition to several permanent installations, while the museum changes less frequently. We discovered Mountain Stage by accident here many years ago.

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Cumming, GA
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75 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Very open and friendly - surprisingly so. The grounds are very pretty and the governor's mansion is right next door.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were told that we should stop into this museum while visiting Charleston, and are we ever glad we did! What a treasure for West Virginia. This FREE museum is so well done and is informative for natives and visitors alike. Follow the time-line from room to room to learn the state's history, important dates, impressive figures, and sustaining industries.... More 

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West Virginia
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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This museum traces the history of WV from prehistoric times to modern day. It is very well done and they have put a lot of effort into atmosphere. It is free, so it's a real bargain. You can learn about mining disasters on a viewscreen, walk into a replica company store, and see Daniel Boone's walking stick, plus much more.... More 

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