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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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A Very Nice Museum.

Right next to the State Capitol Building and definitely worth a visit. No admission fee and a nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David K
Downers Grove, Illinois
Love the history

Growing up in an area where three states meet...WV, MD and VA...when we visited Charleston the... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Charles Town, 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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1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
+1 304-558-0162
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right next to the State Capitol Building and definitely worth a visit. No admission fee and a nice collection of historical artifacts.

Thank David K
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Growing up in an area where three states meet...WV, MD and VA...when we visited Charleston the capitol was a must. The museum is very nice and historical. Its like taking a walk through history.

Thank CTWalks
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We could have spent hours upon hours in here. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and they gave us an electric wheelchair for our grandma (all of the museum was accessible with it!). It's clear that a lot of time and effort was dedicated...More

Thank Nina W
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This museum is in the basement of the cultural center right next to the state capital. It's free and the staff are friendly. The exhibits are well done and the history is comprehensive starting from when coal formed to modern times.

Thank Kristen R
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The WV State Museum is true to our history, very informative! Very neat, clean and such a friendly staff! You will be glad you came and will leave with a great knowledge of our beautiful state and its history. If you can, visit us in...More

Thank Candi2016
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Very nice museum on the grounds of the State Capitol. The exhibits reflect the history from the earliest settlements to the present time. As you walk the designated route, plaques on the floor show the year represented by each exhibit. Great West Virginia history demo...More

Thank Frederick B
Reviewed 31 August 2017

A very interesting free, self-guided museum located on the West Virginia State Capital complex. There are the show path & discovery rooms covering prehistoric to modern times, presented in a very interesting way. The discovery rooms depict life through the ages. You can also tour...More

Thank Darlene C
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Situated beside the State Capital building, it was also closed Sundays and Mondays. We took the nice walk along the waterside to visit the State Capital on the Sunday morning, but on arrival to the Capital building we discovered that it was closed!! So we...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

You will travel through a succession of exhibits beginning from ancient fossils to the modern day. You will see some unexpected twists along the way.

Thank WVRoadWarrior
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Fascinating as it takes you fro pre historic times through the present indicating all sorts of col events in west Virginia history

Thank Bud D
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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
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6 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