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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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Rego Park, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
67 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was expecting great things when reading the reviews on Trip Advisor which rate this the #1 attraction in Charleston, but I prefer the State Capitol. Anyway, the exhibits are in the basement of the building that is pictured here, and winds around a roadway with Natural History-type exhibits from prehistoric time to the present. There are some stunning settings,... More

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Milton, Georgia
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298 reviews 298 reviews
202 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Key Tip: Parking is nearby and requires 50 cents for each hour you plan to stay. Have change ready. This free museum is convenient to the Capitol campus. It starts back in ancient history but quickly evolves to a good review of WV history over the past couple centuries or so. It does a nice job of representing WV and... More

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London, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This museum documents the history of West Virgina through absolutely stunning displays as well as audio throughout. A real gem!

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Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in Charleston WV. We visited the Capitol Building, the State Museum and the Governor's House. We also visited the cemetery with its historical sites.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Love how you can touch the exhibits, and it's designed to be interesting to everyone from kids through adults.

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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We took our 2, 6 and 8 year olds and they loved it! We spent a little over 2 hours viewing the exhibits. If you were to take your time and read/watch everything, it would take you a good three or more hours to tour. We arrived not knowing much about West Virginia but left with an appreciation of its... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The museum offers something for everyone - history buffs, fans of antiques, and children. It's a self-guided tour that can easily take two hours and it's absolutely free!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Great representation of WV. Free to the public. Child friendly. Take time to visit The state capitol is very close also.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

One of the best museums I have ever been too. You walk through the history of the state from prehistoric time to the present. Very well done.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

What a great experience and one that is FREE! Enjoy the Mountaineer history is visual form. Gorgeous quilts, wonderful art work, photography and great gift shop. A great place to take kids, parents and grandparents. A walk down memory lane from local West Virginians especially Charlestonians.

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