We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

State Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Lower level of the Cultural Center, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 139 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Important part of state Capitol complex

The expansive entry had quilts on display during my visit. The gift shop is also on this level. The historical trail and artifacts are on the lower level. There is a video on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Sally L
,
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Add Photo

139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level Contributor
142 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The expansive entry had quilts on display during my visit. The gift shop is also on this level. The historical trail and artifacts are on the lower level. There is a video on that level, but the place was crawling with school-aged children and chaperones, so I didn't see the video. I felt as if the space was not optimally... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is an excellent museum that clearly illustrates the interesting past of WV. It is a high quality museum with a design quality similar to the smithsonian museums. It covers a variety of topics including sports, music, natural resources (part is designed like a coal mine of course) and more. The is definitely worth a visit and will make any... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Asotin, Washington
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This was an informative museum. I learned some interesting things: Did you know the term "redneck" is from WV? It was a side bar to one exhibit about mining and labor unions. I recommend this museum as a great way to learn about this lovely state. When you are done, go to "Ellen's" coffee and ice cream shop which is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This free museum is located in the State Capitol complex. You walk through a chronological history of West Virginia. The layout is a trail with side rooms. We learned a lot about industry and culture in the Appalachian region. The lighting could be stronger; I suppose they're trying to protect the artifacts from strong light; but I'd like to be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Michigan
Level Contributor
174 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We figured we'd be here an hour or so - 3 hours later we emerged so glad we took the time to enjoy this remarkable museum. We both learned a lot and were entertained in the process. Recommended!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

There were so many interesting displays - as nice as the Smithsonian!!! We enjoyed everything - no dislikes!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

nice exhibits of WV military and culture. excellent location and is free. Close to capital and downtown.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wescosville, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
457 reviews
298 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 .

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Willoughby, OH
Level Contributor
108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed State Museum also viewed

 

Been to State Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about State Museum

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from State Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?