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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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+1 304-558-0162
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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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Wonderful place to spend a little or a lot of time

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Diana R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Tracy C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Statesville, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I visited the free State Museum while in town visiting friends when I had some free time. Entering the building, you can't really tell what to expect. When you go downstairs to the museum it initially looks disappointing, but once you start on the path (marked by time) it is very interesting. I went on a Friday afternoon, and there... More 

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Spencer, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Nice place to take company to get some West Virginia History Come here at least once a year during Vandalia Has been changed over the years something new usually every time we go The quilt exhibit is really nice and some interesting items for sale in the store. Of course the grounds and the State Capital are here and all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Recommend the basement history walk through with the kids who can do scavenger hunt just stop by front desk as you enter. Fun couple of hours

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The museum is part of the Capitol complex in Charleston. There is metered parking outside and various memorials and statues reflecting the history of the area and it's people. The museum itself is in the form of a timeline, starting 3 million years ago with dinosaur fossils etc. and working forward through the history of the area and some of... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Museum is conveniently located right beside the State Capitol. The exhibits were very good. If one is in Charleston, they should not miss this museum.

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