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I was pleasantly surprised by the holiday decorations this trip, that just adds to the value of the... read more

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A worthwhile stop

You can review West Virginia's history. Exhibits progress in chronological order.The Show Path is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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...more
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1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by the holiday decorations this trip, that just adds to the value of the pretty well designed bit of WV history!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You can review West Virginia's history. Exhibits progress in chronological order.The Show Path is an approximate forty-five minute tour through West Virginia history (took me an hour with my cane), gift shop has some unique items.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum gives you a good impression of the history of West Virginia but you will not find information about the fauna and flora of this state. This is not a museum with interactive displays. In some rooms you will find a display that shows...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

If you'd like to know all about West Virginia culture and history, you must check out our State museum! Concert venue, Grand Hall, interactive displays. This museum tells the story of the state from prehistory to present day. Great gift shop. Couple this with a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

I have been to a lot of museums, and this one is definitely at the top of my list. The main part of the exhibit is a chronological path through discovery rooms. The rooms are labeled and numbered. The path is like a giant timeline...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Attended a live taping of Mountain Stage in the auditorium. Very nice venue with better than average acoustic. Leo Kotke was outstanding

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

I went on a Thursday with my daughter and grand daughter. WE HAD A BLAST!! The information online doesn't come near to doing justice to this place. We allotted 90 mins for the visit and only got through 1/2 (the downstairs). We went at breakneck...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

One of the best state museums we ever visited. So very well done, entertaining and educational. We spent three hours here and throughly enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

FREE ! West Virginia history and future all in one place. The Culture Center is located on the Capitol Complex grounds in Charleston, West Virginia. Exit 99 off Interstate 64/77 at Greenbrier Street.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Shop is beautiful and staffed by friendly people. Glassware, jewelry, soaps and candles are just a few of the selections in this shop. I bought some gifts and pendant for myself. There are restrooms nearby. A worthwhile stop if you are near the Capitol.

Date of experience: July 2018
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RHolc61
July 9, 2017|
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Response from joanna_walters2002 | Reviewed this property |
There are parking lots located across the street beside the museum, you have to cross the street and walk up to the main entrance. There are also limited parking meters, but I've never been that lucky at an event. I would... More
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Response from Patricia K | Reviewed this property |
It is awesome for all ages, but they won’t last long! Maybe just pick out 5 of your favorite rooms to explore.
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June 6, 2016|
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According to the museum's website: Operating Hours Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays Admission to the museum is free. You can find more information about the museum from their website... More
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