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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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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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Free Musuem you can view at your own pace. Wonderfully done. Great detail presented objectively. Easily spend a couple of hours there.

Reviewed 20 April 2016
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Goodletttsville, TN
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Free Musuem you can view at your own pace. Wonderfully done. Great detail presented objectively. Easily spend a couple of hours there.

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Reviewed 13 April 2016

The WV State Museum has a great collection of artifacts. They have some award winning quilts and exhibits of the areas mining and industrial history, If your coming to Charleston, this is a must see, not crowded and you can go through as fast or take as much time as you wish.

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Thank Jim D
Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

My son, age 7, cannot get enough of this museum. Every time we have company from out of state he has to take them to the museum. It shows the progress of West Virginia through time. They recently added new items. One of these is an interactive pond. If you step in the water the fish swim away. It is... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

I took my family of 5 to this museum, based on the reviews at Trip Advisor. And we were not disappointed! Parking is very easy in the pay lot (perhaps $2 or so). The museum is free to visit! It took us about an hour to get through the whole museum, but could've spent a lot longer. We were on... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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164 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

When you enter the museum, you feel more like you are visiting a cabinet of curiosities rather than a well-planned museum of state history and culture. The first exhibit is a few stuffed animals collected by a West Virginian but of no other local significance. Next is a case of artifacts brought back by West Virginia travelers, only some of... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Yesterday, we decided to explore the museum. It is located in the Capitol Complex. Metered parking for up to four hours. I guarantee you will need close to this much time to explore the museum and grounds. The Museum is a great and FREE way to spend an afternoon. There are many rooms to explore. Speakers in some areas tell... More 

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Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Free museum with a great gift shop. That was my down fall, nice refrigerator magnets and MARBLES (I collect them among many other things. The bottom floor starts at prehistory and walks you through the states history. Nice presentations and one could spend considerable time there.

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Thank Clifford W
Saint Albans
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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We moved from WV almost 3 years ago and were back in Charleston to visit family. We decided to take our boys, 18 and 5, here to refresh their memories and ours of this great state. We were not disappointed! This is an awesome museum. We completed the scavenger hunt as we went through the exhibits and that helped keep... More 

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Greeley, Kansas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

I went on a business trip when I had time and it was very cool! They spent 14 million to build this. The staff was very helpful they also had cool stories as extra to the museum! I would definitely recommend!

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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Even better than before. A must for kids and teenagers to learn about the history of WV. Several surprising exhibits. The museum as a whole can compare to most exhibits in D.C. museums.

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