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“Excellent Place to Visit and Free!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cultural Center

Cultural Center
Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston, WV
304-558-0220
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Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: Complex that houses a variety of interesting tourist sites such as the State Museum, reference libraries, and a live-performance theater.
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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118 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Excellent Place to Visit and Free!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

On our first visit to Charleston we make a point of stopping by the Cultural Center. We spent about 90 minutes reviewing the history of West Virginia dating back thousands of years. It wasn't long enough. If you go, try to set aside about three hours to get through all the exhibits... they're very educational and totally free. We didn't have the grandchildren with us but other families with kids seem to be enjoying themselves. Currently there are displays of handmade quilts that are very impressive.

Visited August 2013
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Salem, OR
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59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I was absolutely impressed by the state museum that is housed at the Cultural Center. This was my first trip to WV, and having been to some other state capitols I wasn't sure what to expect but this was completely amazing. I was only able to spend about 2 hours which was not enough time for this very well laid out self tour. The quality of items, interpretive signage and variety of points in time really made a fine collection that West Virginian's should be very proud of. It's incredible that a few people during the late 1700's and early 1800's would have the notion to set aside items that would be of cultural significance - and they were right! I hope to get back some day to really explore again.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia
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73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Terrific Space!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went to Charleston for Mountain Stage (which was beyond wonderful btw) and loved the Center. It's an inviting, bright space. I would go to anything there.

Visited July 2013
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Princeton, West Virginia, United States
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87 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Mountain Stage - a great time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Went to Mountain Stage concert on Sunday evening. Impressive venue, not a bad seat in the place. Bought tickets online (which I would suggest, they regularly sell out). Good temperature. Only disappointment was that one of the performers we went to see was unable to perform

Visited July 2013
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Arlington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Wonderful Venue for Shows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Except for an excellent quilt show and other exhibits in the lobby, we did not see the collection. We were there for a musical show on the Civil War, part of the West Virginia sesquicentennial celebration. The hall was a great place to see a show, and the staff there were very helpful.

Visited June 2013
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