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State Museum

Lower level of the Cultural Center, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV
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Ranked #2 of 32 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We likje taking trips where we spend time during the early part of the week on our journey. Fewer crowds and more time. Be aware that in WV, many restaraunts are closed on Sunday evenings and Mondays. With the state museum, why not be open, the rest of the complex was open, how labor intensive or costly is it to... More

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Olympia, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I first visited the museum just as it was opening in 1976. Thirty-eight years later I returned to Charleston and found the museum just as impressive and informative as the first time. It resembles the Smithsonians in DC in quality and layout. It does a tremendous job in telling the West Virginia story in a way that both kids and... More

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Columbus IN
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museum had a lot of unusual stuff that you wouldn't expect to see. Its coverage of West Virginia notables and history was excellent. Definitely worth your time to visit.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

we visited with average expectations...and were so very impressed by this museum that we returned after leaving for lunch. The exhibits are extensive and beautifully presented, the collection is varied and large, and there were many unusual and unexpected items. We are older and enjoyed it very much; we also were pleased to see how interested the families who brought... More

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Hightstown, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

An interesting and exciting exhibit that offers something for every age. Very tastefully decorated and some war time interactive exhibits from the beginning of time to the present. I loved walking down the paths of time and experiencing each era. This belongs in Greenfield Village or the Smithsonian. My husband and I simply enjoyed every minute of it. Plan on... More

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Rego Park, New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
75 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was expecting great things when reading the reviews on Trip Advisor which rate this the #1 attraction in Charleston, but I prefer the State Capitol. Anyway, the exhibits are in the basement of the building that is pictured here, and winds around a roadway with Natural History-type exhibits from prehistoric time to the present. There are some stunning settings,... More

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Milton, Georgia
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321 reviews 321 reviews
215 attraction reviews
610 helpful votes 610 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Key Tip: Parking is nearby and requires 50 cents for each hour you plan to stay. Have change ready. This free museum is convenient to the Capitol campus. It starts back in ancient history but quickly evolves to a good review of WV history over the past couple centuries or so. It does a nice job of representing WV and... More

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London, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This museum documents the history of West Virgina through absolutely stunning displays as well as audio throughout. A real gem!

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Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in Charleston WV. We visited the Capitol Building, the State Museum and the Governor's House. We also visited the cemetery with its historical sites.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Love how you can touch the exhibits, and it's designed to be interesting to everyone from kids through adults.

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