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West Virginia State Museum, Charleston

(4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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  • The WV State Museum is top notch in all respects. I am not typically a history buff. But this museum is magical. It takes you from the beginning of time to present time. It is done in such a way you c...  more »
  • I came here with a group on a service trip and I was pleasantly surprised! There was alot of look at and the museum is awesomely planned out. They even gave us notebooks and activities to do as we wal...  more »
  • West Virginia State Museum is a terrific place to wander around and discover their many treasures. Early afternoons, after the school tours are over, the place is quiet, peaceful and very educational....  more »
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  • Thought we'd take in a museum as we were spending the night on our way up to Ohio from North Carolina. I am glad we did! This is a very nice museum! Lots of wonderful artifacts and history to see and experience. Only negative was finding it. We parked in the near empty lot on a Saturday, and had a little bit of a hard time locating it until we pulled out Google Maps in walk mode. Took us right there.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Really neat and free museum with cheap meter parking.