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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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Fairview, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The WV Cultural Arts Center has been significantly upgraded. It is very hi tech and is almost a virtual time travel back into WV history and culture. I was very impressed with my walk through!

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93 reviews 93 reviews
91 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It's one of the nicest state museum I have been to. Very comprehensive about the history of WV. Must go if you are in Charleston

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If I'm speaking honestly I really ventured into this museum for the AC and free wifi, as there is no price of admission. To my surprise this is an excellent place to visit. The history of WV is told through an easy to follow trail, complete with things like a coal mine and old time country store. There is even... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This museum is FANTASTIC! So glad that we decided to give it a go. At first, my husband and I were skeptical (because the rest of Charleston was rather...blah), but we were immediately blown away! The museum starts back in about 300 million BC, with plant fossils and chunks of coal. But it's not boring specimens behind glass - there... More

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Arlington, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The museum is open and airy on the first two floors. A wonderful quilt exhibit was on display along with local art works. These change from time to time. The basement is the prize exhibit. It is layed out like a meandering mine shaft. The shafts off the primary shaft have exhibits starting when West Virginia was located below the... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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