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West Virginia State Museum

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Address: 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
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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The state museum was redone (amid some controversy) and now is reasonably modern. You walk though a series of displays tracing the geologic and political history of the state. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kent H
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The state museum was redone (amid some controversy) and now is reasonably modern. You walk though a series of displays tracing the geologic and political history of the state. It is handicapped accessible, although there are places where it is relatively dark.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is certainly one of the best state museums anywhere. The randomness of much of the collection makes if fun. But overall, it is well organized and comprehensive. Displays are very well labelled and explained. Lots of narration as you walk through. For adults and teens, take the time to see all of the video on West Virginia's convoluted path... More 

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Weston, West Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the museum is LONG and one can be overwhelmed. Neat objects, neat stories. But long and at times confusing

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the artisan Craft Shop and library Take in all of the building, upstairs, and outside too for all the history. The theater has awesome acoustics. The museum is great for state history, from fossils , to native Americans,to first settlers, to the Civil War, W.Va. life, and industry. (and its free) and the W.Va. Capitol and grounds are... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful museum is free and located right across from the state Capitol. What impressed me the most was the diversity of items and films telling the whole story of this great state. There is a great film telling the story of how West Virginia became a state which is both informative to an adult yet kid friendly. I also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Admission is free and includes rotating exhibits as well as the WV history. Currently, a quilt exhibition is featured along with excellent examples of glass artistry from WV artists. The museum is easy to follow and accessible for all, with various accommodations based on needs. The exhibits feature rare and unique fossils, native artifacts, as well as colonial, settler, and... More 

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Madison wv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Please take your time when you visit here. There are nooks and crannies that have interesting things to see in all of them. Start at the time line. Read the history at each exhibit. Also go upstairs and see the first ladies gowns and the exhibits up there.

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Thank slwhite74
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit the museum every time I visit Charleston, WV (at least once a year). I enjoy the displays and especially the quilts. Great gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting for adults and children with lots of hands-on activities for the children to enjoy. Nice place to spend a hot or rainy afternoon.

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

Though this museum is small, it is very interesting. You literally walk thru the history of the state of WV, going by an old log cabin, general store, coal mine, even an old soda shop. Lots of historical information along with visual interest. Kids will enjoy it as well as adults. The museum is located in the Cultural Center which... More 

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