Located in the basement of the Cultural Center. It is a timeline trail showing the development of the state. Coal mining is a big part of it. Many interesting things to see.
Very nice museum with each exhibit chronological by dates and category. Only had about an 1-1/2 hours so not able to take in everything so allow more time. Plenty of inexpensive metered parking so take your time to walk the grounds.
I live 45 minutes away from the capitol and really didn't expect much from the museum. I was in for a shock. We were really impressed with this museum. It is nicely done and decorated. It is in a timeline theme throughout the museum and seems realistic. Admission is free, but would be worth every penny if they charged. It... More
The state museum had so much to see! We started out looking at mammoth jaws, moved through time to the civil war era, saw a vintage printing press and phone operator console among many other things. Our ten year old even enjoyed it. Directly across from the beautiful capitol building with the grounds ablaze in fall color. And it was... More
The State Museum is absolutley wonderful. It is next to the capitol and should not be missed. The people were wonderful and provided my wife with a motorized cart since she has some trouble walking and standing. The exhibits start in prehistoric times and work their way back to the present. Each significant time period has one or two rooms... More
Hadn't read the reviews so I didn't expect much. State museums are sometimes scraped together collections of things people thought should be in a museum. This place is well worth a visit. After three hours was on overload but only half way through. Will have to visit another day to finish. PS The quilts on exhibit upstairs are truly works... More
It was superbly organized and all items well displayed and explained. Too interesting to see in one day so I returned a second day
Huge, underground museum takes hours to traverse. Thoughtful presentations and a real trip into history. Costs nothing and worth $20 or $25 a person anywhere else for this type experience. I have been to many museums in various countries and this ranks near the top.
The first floor is only the theater (shows selections of the classics all summer), archives, and a few quilts and display pieces. Don't be fooled by that sparseness, there's a whole museum in the basement and West Virginia did not skimp setting it up. Starting with the geological formation of the state, you walk through a series of interactive exhibits... More
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