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West Virginia State Museum

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Address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305
Phone Number: (304) 558-0162
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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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Very interesting stories about West Virginia and its rich history

In the Culture Center next to the State Capitol, this facility tells the rich history of West Virginia by vivid views captured on camera and screen as well as displays. Our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the Culture Center next to the State Capitol, this facility tells the rich history of West Virginia by vivid views captured on camera and screen as well as displays. Our grandchildren enjoy when they visit and they can discover other interesting facts in drawers that make their tour more interesting. Plan to spend either a "quick" walk through of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went last year with my mom and her husband. My husband is a huge history buff, and my mom was dying to show him. It did not disappoint! I wish I could give it a million stars. We had our baby at the time, and even from the stroller he loved it. It is the best museum I've ever... More 

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Columbus Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you leave this museum and don't know the history of West Virginia then you got the wrong building. Everything to do about West Virginia from Coal mining to the civil war is here. You can park around that area for free on the street or parking lot during the weekend's. Weekend's are probably best to visit, it was pretty... More 

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ripley
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum takes you through the history of West Virginia from prehistoric times on up to today. Located on the capitol grounds the museum has been around for many years in one incarnation or another. It was closed for several years for an extensive (and expensive) over hall and the result, as it turns out, was worth the wait. West... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This free, family-friendly museum is an excellent place to visit. It is a great collection of items, as well as, nicely decorated offering interactive displays. Will revisit again and again!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is a nice little museum full of WV history! And it's free. It is not the most exciting or interactive museum I've ever been to, but it's really well done. The style is self-guided and laid back... no crowds here.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We were expecting something small to do while at a stop in Charleston. This museum is worth few hours of your time. Nicely set up as a walk through West Virginia history. Kids and adults will enjoy the experience.

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This would be a great place to visit with kids on a date or by yourself. It had a lot of information and very clean and the people were very friendly!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a great museum. It is very educational and beautifully done. Definitely a great place to go if you like history, especially our state history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

took the grandkids this week to visit the museum, actually a revisit from 2 years ago, they enjoyed it even more this time, older and interested (9 & 13 yrs) talked about the exhibits and related to many from expierences like the exhibition coal mine in beckley,wv several had been updated since our last visit, took us about 1 1/2... More 

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