West Virginia State Museum, Charleston
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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 f... read more »
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... read more »
Near the capitol building - you could park and visit both - this museum in a basement is arranged on a chronological basis, starting with 300BC. We like to read a good bit of the exhibit material, and... read more »
My kids love to visit museums and learn about history, and this is one of their all time favorites! It is full of information and extremely well presented. To begin with, the displays flow very well through the state's history. Each one is a bit different, so even the youngest stay interested about them. My kids especially loved the animatronic statues (except for the youngest who was a bit scared when it first turned on). There are also collections on display in a historical setting. The variety, technology, and overall presentation of items at this museum mean there is truly something for everyone who visits. Add to all that the free entrance, and you can't go wrong with a visit. If you only have time for one stop in Charleston and you want to make the most of it, this is it!
Well, once we were able to find a place to park on the far side of Greenbrier street it was fine. Had no idea that the ONLY visitor parking is metered. And all the empty spaces on the near side of Greenbrier street are apparently reserved for WV Legislature. And, even though they aren't in session, those spots can't be parked in by mere taxpayers, or you will be towed. Glad I asked first! Because there really aren't signs jumping out and saying DO NOT PARK OR YOU WILL BE TOWED...or PERMIT PARKING ONLY. So, this us and will be my one and ONLY visit to the Capitol complex and Cultural Center. Had I known of all of this prior to coming, I would have planned to take my out of town company to some other pint of interest.
Very highly recommended, and free. Aka Bldg No.9 Science & Cultural Center, aka West Virginia Capital Complex Building 9 Culture & History Commission is a thorough look at WV history and industry. A must-see stop, even if just passing through the state. The kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt, completing the self-guided tour within 2 hours.
Great place to take the family and learn about West Virginia, great history lessons and a few interactive displays.
I almost didn't go to the West Virginia State Museum, but hey, it was free. Turned out to be an amazing labyrinth of history spanning time: from the formation of the Appalachian Mountains thru to today. It was truly a wonderful museum, the entrance lobby displaying dozens of large, hand-made quilts. Do yourself a favor and take your time, browse through the many wonderful displays, room-sized recreations, and the countless intricate details documenting the history of West Virginia. Do not miss this. Highly recommended.
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