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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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This was a wonderful way to get to know this wonderful state. It's free and takes you through the history of WV. Love the coal mine area. Would take anyone there!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was a wonderful way to get to know this wonderful state. It's free and takes you through the history of WV. Love the coal mine area. Would take anyone there!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The state museum does a great job telling the story of our state. Love the way it is set up to show state progression over time. Is interactive and fun for kids and adults of all ages. So much to see you can go numerous times and always enjoy finding something you didn't see before.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I'm not a huge history person, but this museum clearly exceeded expectations for a history museum. The exhibit was free admission. This was a self guided tour that started 300 million years ago and quickly progressed to 1700's and on to present time. I loved the sound bites everywhere and the interactive exhibits. The wall portraits started talking to you... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

While this is only a museum about the small state of WV, I thought it was perhaps the most well presented museum I've ever been in. They said it was done by Smithsonian people, and it shows. And it's free. Parking is easy-cheap meters in the lot--bring change. I'm from VA, and WV was part of VA for many years,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I really enjoyed visiting this museum even though I'm not from West Virginia. The museum, which was very large, stretches from exhibits about how coal came to be all the way to modern West Virginians. The place is very interactive, with sound being a key dynamic in almost every exhibit. The museum is also free, which makes it even sweeter.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. There is really not much to do in Charleston, so we headed to the museum and spent over two hours there. Great collection of artifacts, great overall layout, friendly staff, and free! Out teenager annoyed it too. Highly recommended to anybody visiting Charleston.

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I grew up in WV but I left 20 years ago. I have made many visits to museums around the world and FINALLY I have found one on West Virginia. It reminded me of many of the facts that I learned in WV history. Most of all, it made it me proud to be a West Virginian. I enjoyed the... More 

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Kennewick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very interesting exhibits with a history time line on the floor as you walk through. Some of the displays/exhibits are a cut above the run-of-the mill museum exhibits you usually see. It is worth the time and is free to boot!

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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The State Museum is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in the history of West Virginia. The path through the museum travels through time, from the prehistoric age to the present.. As one journeys along the path, there are artifacts and pictures. To further enhance the experience, the museum uses lighting and sounds like water dripping in the mine... More 

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Manchester, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You can easily spend over an hour here, we had 90min and only got about half way through (didn't even make it upstairs), there is just so much to learn and read it was amazing.

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