The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center
Come and Explore your State Museum
The footprint of the new West Virginia State Museum provides for layers of learning dedicated to the themes of community, identity, and character as they relate to the land, people, and culture of West Virginia. The unique areas are designated as Show Path, Discovery Rooms and Connections Rooms. They are presented as exhibitions following a chronological pattern beginning with prehistory and concluding in the 21st century.
The Show Path is an approximate forty-five minute tour through West Virginia history, which comes alive through dynamic re-creations of pivotal events and places in the state's past. Through first-person accounts, visitors will be immersed in each time and place.
The Discovery Rooms
Visitors will be able to access most of the 26 Discovery Rooms directly from the Show Path, allowing them to learn more about what they have just experienced. The Discovery Rooms feature artifacts, works of art, stories, music, film clips and follow a the timeline from prehistory all the way up to the 21st century. If you would like to view a short video of each Discovery Room courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Janet Kunicki and Beth Vorhees please click here.
The Connections Rooms
In the two connections Rooms, visitors can learn even more about the topics and events of West Virginia. Computer stations in each Connections Room allow visitors to explore photographs, documents, journal articles, and additional information about the state's fifty-five counties. Each Connections Room also offers a behind-the-scenes look at how artifacts are cared for in a museum.
Changing Exhibits Galleries
Before you begin your journey through the Show Path, the lobby area features a changing exhibit gallery that showcases popular artifacts from the state museum collection including our infamous dressed fleas. At the end of the Show Path, there is a second opportunity to visit a changing exhibits area, the Commissioner's Gallery.