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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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Charleston, West Virginia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It is just an amazing place to visit , rich in WV history - beautiful building & very friendly staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It was an unplanned visit for us and we enjoyed learning a bit about the regions history. It was a free and nicely maintained museum.

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

When we visited it was WV's birthday so there was a lot going on. The museum is very informative and you walk through different periods of the states history.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We are looking for something to do to breakup the trip. So worth the stop even more so since it's Free! We spent 2 hours and could have stayed longer. Staff friendly and helpful. Facility top notch, updated and interactive- Smithsonian level quality. We have seen the best from NYC to The Historic Triangle Williamsburg VA. FamilyTime well spent.

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West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This large museum covers the history of West Virginia from the time that the coal was being formed to the present day. It has been upgraded since my last visit with animatronics, talking pictures on the walls, and a scavenger hunt booklet for kids that my son LOVED. When you walk through the section about the river, the floor looks... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Interesting artifacts and history of past governors' terms. Artwork was unusual and very interesting. One has to visit the museum if in the vicinity.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was one of the nicest free museums we have ever visited. We would have gladly paid an admission to see the museum. Besides for the great exhibits inside, the museum is on the capitol grounds which has the capitol building, governor’s mansion, and Veteran’s memorial. This is a must see in Charleston.

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Roy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Has very interesting exhibits about the state. Worth taking a look. Interesting use of quilts and display.

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Address: Lower level of the Cultural Center, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Charleston

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