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Address: 300 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV (Formerly Sunrise Museum)
Phone Number: +1 304-561-3575
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Fun with kids

Lots of fun things to do, particularly on a rainy day. We went multiple times with the kids over the years.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2015
Joan T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

We stopped by the museum on our way home from vacation. A great rainy day activity for our kids! We were there for 4 hours! Kids loved it. Lots of hands on activities for the kids to do.

1 Thank Kristy G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

A combination art gallery, museum, theater, and interactive science center, this venue has something for the whole family. From the live shows, to the 360 theater, to the children's interactive science activities you time spent there will be enjoyable & educational.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Lots of fun things to do, particularly on a rainy day. We went multiple times with the kids over the years.

Thank Joan T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

This is a multi function facility with the Discovery Museum with hands on displays and science related exhibits. This are will be improved over the coming year with a renovation plan for all exhibits. There is a domed planetarium/theatre that shows movies in addition to night sky shows. There is also a nice auditorium that hosts many music and art... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

About average for kids museums but there is a kid friendly art museum on the top floor that makes it special. The had a few displays that you don't see in the standard kids museum ( the cut away engine was our favorite ) . Overall a great way to spend about 3 hours in Charleston.

2 Thank Louis P
South Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

Every time I bring my kids here they have a great time. Charleston should be proud of this museum for a little city of it's size. I've lived in Charlotte, NC and Orlando, FL areas and this place rivals them easily.

2 Thank Brian C
Charleston, West Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

This area started off really nice. Not quite as much fun stuff (or at least the same caliber of fun stuff) as Sunrise, but they were trying. Now they've let it go, a lot, and the exhibits are falling apart.

Thank Sasha S
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We were severely disappointed. Being closed means no one is being paid and we couldn't spend any money here. Where is the logic- aren't there volunteers or employees that might want to work during the summer at least? And at 7.50 and up for admission, this would seem feasible if not desirable as one may assume you wish to serve... More 

3 Thank G F
Panama City, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

This is the kid's portion of the new Clay Center and replaced the old Sunrise kid's museum in Charleston. The displays and activities here were all well maintained and nice, but this is a fairly small kid's museum compared to other places. They have 4 separate sections but the sections are very small, 2-3 rooms each. The best section was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

The exhibits for kids are plentiful and educational. My kids had lots of fun and the show at the planetarium is good to see, nice way to relax. Membership is a great value if you live in the tristate area.

3 Thank Mommyde2

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