West Virginia Culture Center and State Museum

Charleston, WV

Take a journey through time as you trek from a pre-historic coal forest into early western settlement and present-day wonders. Following a chronological and interactive "show path," special exhibits with sound and lighting illustrate pivotal moments in West Virginia's cultural, industrial and natural history. The West Virginia State Museum is dedicated to inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of the public by instilling a deeper understanding and sense of pride through the collection, preservation and exhibition of diverse cultural and historic traditions, focusing on every aspect of West Virginia history, culture, art, paleontology, archaeology and geology from all geographic regions – representing the people, land and industries.

The West Virginia State Museum is a wonderful place to spend quality time with family and friends. It is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome and school groups are encouraged to participate in our structured educational programming. The museum is a fascinating experience and a must see for everyone who lives and visits the great state of West Virginia.

In addition to the State Museum, the building is home to the Division of Culture and History administration offices, State Theater, State Archives and History library, West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the State Historic Preservation Office. At the Culture Center, the division offers a full year of events and exhibits. The Culture Center is located on the Capitol Complex grounds in Charleston, West Virginia. Exit 99 off Interstate 64/77 at Greenbrier Street.

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