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State Museum

Lower level of the Cultural Center, Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV
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Ranked #1 of 31 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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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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186 reviews 186 reviews
62 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We were told that we should stop into this museum while visiting Charleston, and are we ever glad we did! What a treasure for West Virginia. This FREE museum is so well done and is informative for natives and visitors alike. Follow the time-line from room to room to learn the state's history, important dates, impressive figures, and sustaining industries.... More

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West Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This museum traces the history of WV from prehistoric times to modern day. It is very well done and they have put a lot of effort into atmosphere. It is free, so it's a real bargain. You can learn about mining disasters on a viewscreen, walk into a replica company store, and see Daniel Boone's walking stick, plus much more.... More

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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

The state museum is a hidden gem in Charleston. You simply must see this. The historical artifacts, the layout of the museum, and the abundance of information provided offer an in depth look into history. I'm convinced that all states need this type of museum. The obligatory museum gift shop is on site too- but be sure to check it... More

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Columbia, SC
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131 reviews 131 reviews
14 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Cultural Center offers WV history at its finest. There is so much to see and learn, you almost have to go through it multiple times in order not to miss anything. The film we watched describing how WV became a state, was very well done, and offered insights we never learned during WV Studies. This great museum is free... More

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Fairview, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
93 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 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
76 helpful votes 76 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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