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West Virginia State Museum

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Address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305
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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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Drop in for a bit of State History

If your a history buff and want to learn more about the heritage of the state, this is a good place to go. Family friendly. Observe at your own pace.

Reviewed 23 February 2017
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

If your a history buff and want to learn more about the heritage of the state, this is a good place to go. Family friendly. Observe at your own pace.

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Morgantown, WV
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

A trip to the West Virginia State Museum earlier this month was actually our second trip. We took our daughters several years ago and decided to go back this year with our nephews and their parents. The museum spans the ground floor of the West Virginia Culture Center and you walk through time exploring its history and traditions. The museum... More 

Thank StephRad
Spring Hill, WV
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Museum is a state of the art facility it tells the State's story from the beginning it is a wonderful museum full of history

Thank Judith R
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This place is so beautiful and has alot of things to interest the young and the old. There are alot of visual and audio things to help you learn more about WV. Very much worth a visit and its free.

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The WV State Museum is top notch in all respects. I am not typically a history buff. But this museum is magical. It takes you from the beginning of time to present time. It is done in such a way you can walk through a glance at everything in several hours or focus on specific areas and spend hours and... More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

I came here with a group on a service trip and I was pleasantly surprised! There was alot of look at and the museum is awesomely planned out. They even gave us notebooks and activities to do as we walked around the museum. It was very beautiful. Highly recommend stopping by here if you are in the area!

Thank travelgirl179
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

West Virginia State Museum is a terrific place to wander around and discover their many treasures. Early afternoons, after the school tours are over, the place is quiet, peaceful and very educational. The displays are well done and most have an auditory presentation. This would be a great value at any fee...because it's FREE it's priceless.

Thank Diana R
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

When going to the museum of course u must checkout the state capitol the river and the veterans memorial! Plan on around two hours to see everything. The museum goes through West Virginia history set in different areas and has an amazing gift shop as well. Down the road is an amazing view from the airport. Stopped by the farmers... More 

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The museum takes you through multiple eras of local history from prehistoric to current. There are multiple scenes with actual artifacts to models and animated characters narrating the events. Excellent display of history and to beat all entrance is free. Defintely worth the time to explore.

Thank Sarah S

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