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West Virginia State Museum

1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
+1 304-558-0162
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Very well done!

I'm in town visiting from Washington DC for the holidays. I was super amazed that this museum is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christina J
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One of the best exhibits you will ever see

First, there is no charge for this museum. The exhibits are all top notch and well organized... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kingwood, West Virginia
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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 Washington used to survey lands within the state.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“state museum” (48 reviews)
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1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
+1 304-558-0162
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm in town visiting from Washington DC for the holidays. I was super amazed that this museum is just as wonderful as I would see in DC. I love the interactivity and the sounds. I was engaged and very interested to see what I would...More

Thank Christina J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First, there is no charge for this museum. The exhibits are all top notch and well organized. There is a lot to see, so you can spend as much or as little time as you want. The timeline is laid out in chronological order, then...More

1  Thank rdrbaylor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attractive museum recounts the history of the state in a series of nicely laid out rooms joined by a path that leads the visitor chronologically from 4,000,000 BCE almost to the present.

Thank curtispe10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many nice exhibits, plenty of parking when the government is not in session. Easy walk from parking lot and next to the state capital. Great place to spend the day, enjoy a walk around the capital grounds, walk along the river after viewing the WV...More

Thank Anita G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its a great place to spend a few hours, its even free. The displays do not change much. It has a great deal of WV History displayed.

Thank Justin_Salisbury
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took a trip to WV, the place of my birth with my parents who are in their 80’s. We were at the Capitol complex over 3 hours, most of it at the museum. We never made it to the gift shop...More

1  Thank MikenDeb M
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Free attraction that covers the entire history of the state from prehistoric to modern times. We spent about three hours there. Educational and very interesting.

1  Thank Leigh W
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I was very impressed with this Museum. A lot of work went into this place. The gold dome of the Capitol building can be seen as you approach.

Thank dlmsigh
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Great museum with a fairly comprehensive, but brief history of the state. The exhibits are well done with many interesting artifacts. The video shows are also very well done. Well worth the time to see it.

1  Thank kagatlin
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We spent several hours touring the rooms and exhibits in this large museum. The exhibits were well presented and gave one a good perspective about the history, geography, and economic forces of the State. First class.

1  Thank JohnD63487
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10 July 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
12 June 2016|
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Response from SusanTalib | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The museum reminds me of the kids movie Night at the Museum. It has cool displays and it would be fun to just walk through. Also go over to the capitol next door. Thete is a real stuffed bear.the kids may enjoy... More
kathie l
7 June 2016|
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Response from lanniandeisi | Reviewed this property |
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