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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 Showpath

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.


Discorvery Room Map

Please click the map above in order to view a larger interactive version.


Quick Links

THE SHOWPATH
TOPICS & SETTINGS

DISCOVERY ROOM 1
AN ANCIENT LAND

DISCOVERY ROOM 2
PREHISTORIC PEOPLE

DISCOVERY ROOM 3
CONFLICT AND SETTLEMENT

DISCOVERY ROOM 4
FRONTIER LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 5
JOHN BROWN'S RAID

DISCOVERY ROOM 6
THE WAR WITHIN A STATE

DISCOVERY ROOM 7
THE CASE FOR STATEHOOD

DISCOVERY ROOM 8
THE BIG CITY

DISCOVERY ROOM 9
THE FAMILY FARM

DISCOVERY ROOM 10
THE COMPANY STORE

DISCOVERY ROOM 11
CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN

DISCOVERY ROOM 12
TRAINS AND RAILROADS

DISCOVERY ROOM 13
BOATS AND RIVERS

DISCOVERY ROOM 14
INDUSTRIALIZATION

DISCOVERY ROOM 15
THE MINING LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 16
THE STATE CAPITOL

DISCOVERY ROOM 17
IT'S NOT ALL WORK

DISCOVERY ROOM 18
THE GREAT DEPRESSION

DISCOVERY ROOM 19
THE MINE WARS

DISCOVERY ROOM 20
WEST VIRGINIANS AT WAR

DISCOVERY ROOM 21
LATE 20th CENTURY

DISCOVERY ROOM 22
CELEBRATING WEST VIRGINIA

DISCOVERY ROOM 23
FROM HERE TO THERE

DISCOVERY ROOM 24
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

DISCOVERY ROOM 25
A LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

DISCOVERY ROOM 26
TRADITIONS OF MUSIC