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Blennerhassett Museum, Parkersburg

(3.7/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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  • A great way to get to know how Parkersburg evolved and the role it played in building of a new nation...  more »
  • This museum has a wide range of cool and interesting items. Most of it relates, of course, to the Blennerhassets, the island, and West Virginia in general. Well worth seeing, though. And the lady at t...  more »
  • Staff is friendly and informative. Variety of items I've not seen before! We falmosr missed a floor, so be sure to hit all 3!!!!  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.