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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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Great place and it's free

A great museum telling the story of West Virginia and its free. There is a lot to see and you'll need time to do it. It is located in the Capitol complex. You will see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A great museum telling the story of West Virginia and its free. There is a lot to see and you'll need time to do it. It is located in the Capitol complex. You will see transportation, mining, agricultural exhibits among the many. Allow more than an hour.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Loved this museum, so informational and well thought out. Lot's of easy to understand information on the history of West Virginia, which I knew nothing about. My kids enjoyed it, specially the little scavenger hunt game they can play while visiting the exhibits. Their gift shop is awesome too and prices are reasonable. Worth the visit .

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Willoughby, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

There is so much to see we had to return a second day for an additional 2 hours. Don't miss the video of the sesquicentennial.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The museum it right next to the Capitol building, so it is worth seeing while visiting. And it is free, which is great! The outside is also beautiful, with many memorials to see as well. A must visit!

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South Thomaston, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This museum is an absolute must see attraction in Charleston and it was totally free! They have a great set of narative scenes and cover an extensive amount of history. It's also convenient to be located next to the Capitol and to be able to see the great architecture and grounds of the Capitol building also for free.

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Newington, Ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It was one of the best state museums i've ever been to; what i liked was that you followed a path designated by date..sort of like Ikea; the displays were incredible from a 4000 block of coal to the prehistoric artifacts...and the best part?....it's free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

great way to visit and kill time, i love this area and all the state buildings. for a free museum it is well worth your time, stop and look a minute. the building itself if amazing. .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The museum was a huge hit with my family! Words can not describe how enjoyable this museum was. I highly recommend it for all ages. We were there two hours going through it.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a great treat for out of town guest and we also really enjoyed it. I was much more than I had expected. Very impressed!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This is one of the best state museums ever! And it is all free! It truly tells the great history of the state of WV. Everything in the museum is so real from the early settlers to present day. Not only a great educational tool for kids but great for adults to travel down memory lane.

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