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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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Being a native West Virginia I had never taken the time to visit the museum. I was impressed with the displays, stories and artifacts of the state's history. A good time spent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2013
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Davisville
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Being a native West Virginia I had never taken the time to visit the museum. I was impressed with the displays, stories and artifacts of the state's history. A good time spent learning about the history of the people of WV.

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Ball Ground, Georgia, United States
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101 reviews 101 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I took my wife to kill some time while in Charleston recently and was surprised to find the old cultural museum transformed into the new History Museum. We were blown away by the time, effort, and thought that went into designing the museum. We took an hour to blow through the museum but could go back multiple times to pick... More 

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Dublin, OH
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We were here about 1 1/2 hours and it was quite enjoyable. Especially nice that it is free - that way you don't feel like you have to spend a certain amount if time to get your moneys worth. Exhibits are divided into flowing rooms and it basically starts hundreds of millions of years ago and goes up to the... More 

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Maryland
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170 reviews 170 reviews
33 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I would recommend the State Museum to anyone visiting Charleston. It included a wealth of material on the state's history and culture, both the good and the bad, and well organized. And you can't beat the price. One problem is that despite signs to the contrary you can't park in the Capitol Complex. We found parking on the street a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The museum had a little bit of everything to hold everyone's attention. It was well organized. We loved the one area that looked like you were walking through a coal mine. While walking through each section you can hear a narrator over head describing the particular time periods and events. We really appreciated that as we were short on time... More 

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Mount Hope, West Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The kids loved it, and so did I. If you get a chance, visit this place. It's free of charge and very informative. So much stuff to look at and learn about, and child would love it!

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Hurricane, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I highly recommend that everyone check this Museum out. I recently took my kids (ages 21 and 15) and we were all three AMAZED! We haven’t stopped talking about it, and can’t wait to go back again! There’s not one thing that I can think of that this Museum is missing. I would’ve given anything had I known about it... More 

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West Virginia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
45 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

After a long down time and uncertain period, the state museum is back up and running and offers a nice free activity to kill time in the capitol city.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This museum in the State Capitol Complex Culture Center is a deeply moving trip through time, from the prehistoric to the present. With thousands of artifacts thoughtfully arranged by topic in twenty-some "discovery rooms," from farming to women's roles, slavery to coal mining to the Great Depression and much more, it presents an intimate look not only at West Virginia's... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Free museum! It is always fun to see how states like to pump themselves up and WV is no different. Lot's of first in this state-worth the trip if you like history.

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