The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center
Do your Homework
Before making arrangements to visit the state museum we recommend watching the You Are Invited! Video. Teachers Resources gives you a quick reference guide to what choices would best fulfill the goals you have set for your students visit. Choose your activity package before you call.
Making a reservation
You may request a group reservation online or contact the Education Office at 304-558-0220. Please have the following information:
If you would like to have a printable version of the chart above please click HERE.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation. Review it carefully for accuracy. All correspondence will be with your trip organizer.
*For the safety and security of your students and chaperones we will not respond to phone inquiries concerning the whereabouts of your group. We will recommend that callers contact the school. It will be your responsibility to establish a communication system for emergency calls from parents, school administrators and fellow teachers. You know your families and peers, we do not. Please ensure that someone in your group has a functioning mobile communication device.*
Arriving at the Culture Center
When you arrive at the Culture Center, your class will go to the specified check-in area in the Great Hall on the first floor. All over-sized bags, backpacks and coats will be secured during the length of your stay. Every group with a reservation will receive a name tag and the materials appropriate for the activity package pre-selected by the teacher.
You may enter the museum with your camera but the flash must be turned off, please mute your cell phones and no food in the museum. Thanks.
Capitol food court
Located on the lower level of the Main Capitol Building, the food court provides a choice for any appetite. Offerings include soup, sandwich and salad bar, grill and pizza oven, and a daily featured entrée. Arrange in advance for boxed lunches 304-558-1086. (Mon - Fri 8 am - 1:30 pm)
West Virginia State Museum Shop
Located on the right side of the Great Hall as you enter the Culture Center, the Museum Shop has a variety of mementos and exceptional handcrafted art and crafts by West Virginia artists. Selections for young shoppers are priced under $5 and up. We recommend visiting the shop after your museum journey and before you pick up your coats from the check-in area next door. You may call ahead for specials and merchandise inquiries 304-205-7911. (Tues - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sun Noon - 5 pm)