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West Virginia State Museum

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Address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305
Phone Number: +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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Great way to spend a weekend

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Spencer, West Virginia
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Spencer, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Dylan3961
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Christmas lights are a nice simple design and the entire family enjoyed the visit! Will go again! The museum is really nice for an agricultural history perspective. There is more to see than one expects.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A most pleasant tour. The layout is user friendly and easy to navigate. We were there early on a Saturday and there were very few people touring. The exhibits are displayed chronologically, making the trip through history easy to follow. Had hoped to see the quilt display but it is only there from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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1 Thank Cheri H
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This was one of the best museums we have been to - and it is FREE! We have paid to go to museums for less content. This museum is interactive and fun for all age groups. I would highly recommend saving at least 2 hours to go through it.

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3 Thank Erica W
Cazy, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We went to the WV State Museum with the school. It gives you a good picture of our beautiful state. The treasure hunt activities kept our students engaged. I highly recommend a visit.

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Thank Melanie H
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were visiting family in Charleston. We decided to go to the museum. It is so well done. You follow a trail taking you from prehistoric time through present day. There is a reconstructed log cabin from the 1840's done by the Barnwood Builders. Highly recommend it. Also, it's free!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I've just spent 3 and a half weeks in West Virginia and visited the state museum and Capitol park on a very hot 38 degree afternoon so the lovely air conditioned building was a welcome relief. This is a brilliant and fascinating museum that's takes you on a journey through West Virginia and American history. They use a variety of... More 

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