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West Virginia Independence Hall
1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 238-1300
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Wheeling
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Benwood, West Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“history”
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

Visited July 2014
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Pulaski
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98 reviews 98 reviews
67 attraction reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Lots of state history”
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.

Visited June 2014
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West Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Where WV Began”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Pittsburgh, PA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
61 attraction reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“A fascinating history lesson”
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 the building where it happened. It was time well spent; however, you have to stay focused. If you don't have an attention span that can be devoted to one subject for about an hour, this attraction probably won't appeal to you, as you need to read and pay attention to details. There is a small parking lot behind the building, so parking is free. I got the directions from I-70 on their website and they were very clear. Another bonus is that the museum is free. I don't feel kids will gain a lot out of this, due to the necessary intellectual emphasis.

Visited August 2013
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Shannondale
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful Walk Through Birth of WV and Civil War participation”
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 are various interactive exhibits presenting interesting information on WV military units, Civil War battles, the development of flat-bottomed river boats, local industry, etc. Wow! My husband and I really learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. This is a must-see if you are near Wheeling!!!!

Visited August 2013
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