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West Virginia Independence Hall

1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 238-1300
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Wheeling
Type: Educational Sites
Most recent review
- Jul 19, 2014
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Benwood, West Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

first time ever there was very informative in the history dept, toured the whole building was amazed with all the history and old furniture

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
62 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was a museum full of state history. There was no fee to go there. The movie at the beginning tells how West Virginia became a state and that was the base of what the whole museum was about. It is all presented nicely with the exhibits being very well cared for.

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West Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Worth a stop. This is THE birthplace of WV. It is a shame that there is not more fanfare for the place since it has all that significance. Charleston always gets more attention.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Don't be misled by the size of this museum; if you watch the movie first and spend time reviewing the exhibits, you can gain a much better appreciation of just how this state came about--the only true split that was achieved from the Civil War. I had no idea how/why this state was created until I journeyed here, especially in... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a very interesting museum that has recently been refurbished and sparkles with pride. One starts out down in the basement where a movie presents the facts of West Virginia's beginnings. Then one takes the elevator up to the third floor where the meetings were held to create our state. Progressing down to the second and first floors there... More

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Akron, Ohio
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Decided to tour Independence Hall because we were staying in Wheeling for a few days. The introductory movie is factual but very boring for children. Instead of just explaining the history, the movie is more of a drama with actors portraying the founding fathers of West Virginia. My 9 year old was ready to bolt after about 5 minutes of... More

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Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

What a fascinating story this place tells you will learn about west virgina separating from virgina during the civil war the guides are very knowledgeable and exhibits are so well presented they make you feel like you were there building has Been well preserved great place to see

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

History of the building is fascinating itself. It was about to be destroyed. It's path to being saved and the recent reconstruction to prepare for its 150 birthday is a story beyond the history that took place inside leading up to the US civil war. Travis--the manager provided us a person tour. Try to arrange this instead of touring by... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

When Virginia seceded from the union, a bunch of counties in the mountains where slavery was not an economic engine seceded from Virginia after meeting and setting up a capitol in Wheeling. Thus was born WV. Admitted to the union as a state in 1863, though constitutionally questionable, no one has had standing to mount a legal challenge and so... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Very interesting musuem, they had some of the actual flags that the soliders carried to battle. Very nice displays, be sure to watch the short movie before touring the musuem. Nicely restored building

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