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West Virginia State Museum to offer one final visit to existing exhibits and sneak preview of new design


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will offer the public one last chance to view the current West Virginia State Museum and a sneak preview of the design for the new museum on Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum, located on the lower level of the Cultural Center.

When it reopens, the newly renovated 23,000-square-foot museum will incorporate the state’s regional diversity and ethnic heritage into a variety of entertaining, hands-on displays that cover a wide span of the state’s history from early settlement to today. According to state officials, more than 125,000 people visit the West Virginia State Museum each year, and that number is expected to increase dramatically when the new museum opens.

For more information about the renovation project, call Ginny Painter, director of public information for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 120.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.