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“Worth the visit.”

West Virginia State Museum
Ranked #1 of 49 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Holts Summit, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth the visit.”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Very nice museum with each exhibit chronological by dates and category. Only had about an 1-1/2 hours so not able to take in everything so allow more time. Plenty of inexpensive metered parking so take your time to walk the grounds.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank PhilTodd27T
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“So much better than expected!”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I live 45 minutes away from the capitol and really didn't expect much from the museum. I was in for a shock. We were really impressed with this museum. It is nicely done and decorated. It is in a timeline theme throughout the museum and seems realistic. Admission is free, but would be worth every penny if they charged.

It is located in the basement of the culture center. The culture center has a different review post on here, but I really didn't get that part. I think we must have missed parts of that, because I wasn't impressed with it. The state museum is awesome though. Nicely done!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Carriemariec05
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Niceville, FL
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice afternoon, lots to see”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The state museum had so much to see! We started out looking at mammoth jaws, moved through time to the civil war era, saw a vintage printing press and phone operator console among many other things. Our ten year old even enjoyed it. Directly across from the beautiful capitol building with the grounds ablaze in fall color. And it was free!

Visited October 2013
Thank Terri C
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Near Chicago, IL
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Wish We Had Had More Time”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

The State Museum is absolutley wonderful. It is next to the capitol and should not be missed. The people were wonderful and provided my wife with a motorized cart since she has some trouble walking and standing. The exhibits start in prehistoric times and work their way back to the present. Each significant time period has one or two rooms with detailed exhibits and artifacts. We could easily have spent half a day there but had to hurry somewhat because closing time was approaching. The building itself is quite new and is clean and beautiful. If you plan a trip to the capitol complex, be sure to leave enough time for this wonderful museum. There is metered parking both on the street and in a small parking lot adjacent to the museum.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank WCubed
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Ditto Other Reviews”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Hadn't read the reviews so I didn't expect much. State museums are sometimes scraped together collections of things people thought should be in a museum. This place is well worth a visit. After three hours was on overload but only half way through. Will have to visit another day to finish.

PS The quilts on exhibit upstairs are truly works of art.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank ERKA2
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