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Blennerhassett Museum, Parkersburg

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.7/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
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  • The museum is well worth an hour or two. There's an informative video in the lower level as well as the Stahl Collection, an extensive and eclectic collection of paleolithic and Native American items,...  read more »
  • I was surprised to see how big this museum was, as it did not appear that large from the outside. It had a nice collection of items from the area. We were not able to see all of it, as we got there to...  read more »
  • Staff is very helpful. You get your ticket for the sternwheeler boat ride to Blennerhassett Island at this museum and you board the boat about two blocks away from the museum. It's an easy walk; howev...  read more »
  • Parking is in a small reserved lot on 2nd Street between Julianna St. and Ann St. under the Hwy-68 off-ramp. There's a 7-foot maximum clearance bar at the entrance to the lot, so no tall vehicles allowed. The museum itself is a true gem of local history, with everything from extensive collections of Indian artifacts to cars, furniture, portrait painting, and steamboat memorabilia. Start in the basement with the video (a fact they neglected to tell me), then tour the first and second floors. My personal favorite was the second floor displays with the model boats and pictures of the local riverboat history. Highly recommend stopping here. If you're also going over to the island, tour the museum afterwards. It'll be more meaningful and put everyone into a better perspective. There's also a wonderful gift shop with lots of really great items. If you tour the the museum as well as take the riverboat ride to the island for the mansion tour and wagon ride expect to spend about four hours minimum.
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