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West Virginia museums preserve the artifacts, costumes and other evidence of the region’s colorful past. Displays and archives offer glimpses into the histories of early settlements, the Civil War era, African-American communities and more.

For a list of museums in West Virginia, choose the "museum" category on the Travel Planner.

Trace your West Virginia family roots with resources available from many West Virginia archival libraries and preservation societies.

  • Genealogy research starts at home, with your own date and county of birth and parents’ names. Contact surviving family members to gather information such as your ancestors’ first names and surnames, dates, place names such as counties where known relatives were born, married, held deeds or died.
  • Investigate the online resources of the West Virginia West Virginia Culture Center. The Culture Center’s Archives and History Web site offers primary and secondary source documents, photos; databases; collections, and other materials.
  • Go to the state Capitol Complex in Charleston and visit the Archives library in person for data and tools available only on site, including powerful database search programs.
  • Bring your lineage study to life and see the authentic sites in where your ancestors once walked in West Virginia. Visit nearby attractions.

West Virginia Independence Hall

In Wheeling, West Virginia Independence Hall served as the home of the Restored Government of Virginia in what became the original capitol city of West Virginia. Now a museum, visitors can see Civil War artifacts as well as listen to costumed guides tell the story of the birth of the Mountain State on June 20, 1863.

West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville Prison Tours

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the shock of what life was like behind the huge, cold walls of the former Moundsville penitentiary. It is in the National Historic Register, and encompasses over 10 acres. This gothic-style prison was constructed during the Civil War era and remained open until 1995. PRISON TOURS: April - November, Tuesday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm December through March by appointment only. Call about holiday openings/closings. Night and evening tours are conducted on weekends by appointment only. Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children $5.00, children under 5 free. Group tours available by appointment.

West Virginia State Museum

A 360 degree tour of the WV State Museum The 24,000-square-foot West Virginia State Museum in Charleston recounts the history of the state through modern exhibits designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Visitors follow a path through time as they trek from a pre-historic forest, through a dark coal mine and into the present. This chronologic journey of West Virginia history uses themed settings to highlight pivotal moments. The path utilizes full surround sound, artifacts, dynamic theatrical lighting and narration to relate what it was like to be in West Virginia at various points in history. The facility is located on the lower level of the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex. Hours of operation: Tue-Sat, 9 AM – 5 PM, Sun Noon – 5 PM, Closed Monday. 304-558-0162.

The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History is a showcase of three floors of priceless historical relics and objects of art from the Ohio Valley's past. Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian tools, jewelry, weapons and household items, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, old clothing, guns and military paraphernalia, furniture belonging to West Virginia's first governor, automobiles of the 19teens, farm implements, 19th-century jewelry and glassware ranging in age from 60 to 200 years old. Blennerhassett relics are among the museum's most valuable acquisitions. The museum is located on the corner of Second and Juliana streets. Parking spaces, adjacent to the museum, are marked with the letter M. Open year-round, the museum requires an admission ticket. 

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Places to Visit

  1. Adaland Mansion and Historic Barn at Philippi

    This stately brick mansion was built in 1870 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The land was settled in 1807 by the...

    City: Philippi

  2. Altamont

    Reservations Required For Tours! The Altamont was built as a hotel and later converted to an apartment building in the late 1930's and now...

    City: Fayetteville

  3. Barbour County Historical Society Museum

    Located in Philippi, WV - scene of the first official battle of the Civil War - we have artifacts from the official beginning and end of the...

    City: Philippi

  4. Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

    The Exhibition Coal Mine is the largest and most popular coal heritage destination in the region. After years of planning, the Exhibition...

    City: Beckley

  5. Belle Boyd House

    Famous civil War Spy, Belle Boyd, spent part of her childhood in this house built in 1853. During the war, she supplied information to...

    City: Martinsburg

  6. Buddy's Country Store & Museum

    Buddy's Country Store & Museum is located off Rt. 52 in Bluewell, WV and is open by appointment. Country store, coal camp home...

    City: Bluewell

  7. Bunker at the Greenbrier

    After being kept classified for more than thirty years, the doors to the bunker hidden beneath The Greenbrier resort are open for the world...

    City: White Sulphur Springs

  8. Coal Heritage Interpretive Center

    Located off Rt. 52 in Bramwell, WV. The newly constructed depot serves as a Travel Center and Museum. Trail information.

    City: Bramwell

  9. Coal Heritage Museum & Arts Center

    A downtown museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of the coalfields for future generations. The museum contains memorabilia of the...

    City: Madison

  10. Coal Miner's Statue

    City: Madison

  11. Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants


    City: Horner

  12. Henderson Hall

    Built in 1859 as the centerpiece of the 2600 acre Henderson plantation, this impressive 17-room pre Civil War mansion with all its original...

    City: Williamstown

  13. Historic Bramwell

    Bramwell  is a West Virginia Historic Town on a peninsula of the Bluestone River - founded 1888. The town reflects large fortunes amassed by...

    City: Bramwell

  14. Jefferson County Museum

    Collection includes the Civil War and John Brown's Raid, china, textiles, toys, photos and documents.

    City: Charles Town

  15. Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum

    The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, WV showcases thousands of toy trains, dolls and dollhouses, cars and trucks,...

    City: Wheeling

  16. Mannington Museums

    City: Mannington

  17. Museum in the Park

    A Place for Art, History and Ideas. The Museum in the Park features artwork and historical items from the collection of the West Virginia...

    City: Logan

  18. Museums of Oglebay Institute

    Purchased by Colonel Earl W. Oglebay in 1900 as his summer retreat, the Mansion Museum features period antiques and depicts Wheeling's...

    City: Wheeling

  19. Nellis Archives & Historic District

    City: Nellis

  20. North House Museum

    Built in 1820, the North House Museum contains the collections of the Greenbrier Historical Society, including period furniture, textiles,...

    City: Lewisburg

  21. Official Marx Toy Museum

    Located just 1.5 miles from the Glen Dale Factory in "Historical" Moundsville, West Virginia, The Official Marx Toy Museum displays the toys...

    City: Moundsville

  22. Oil & Gas Museum

    This nationally recognized museum presents the intriguing history of the oil and gas industry, including how the accumulation of wealth from...

    City: Parkersburg

  23. Pearl S. Buck Birthplace

    This house was built by the Stulting family who emigrated from Holland to America in 1847 and who lived here on a sixteen acre farm. On June...

    City: Hillsboro

  24. West Virginia Culture Center and State Museum

    Take a journey through time as you trek from a pre-historic coal forest into early western settlement and present-day wonders. Following a...

    City: Charleston

  25. West Virginia Independence Hall Museum

    West Virginia Independence Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the birthplace of West Virginia, is located in Wheeling, West Virginia. ...

    City: Wheeling

  26. West Virginia State Farm Museum

    The West Virginia State Farm Museum is a 50 acre tract of land dedicated to the preservation of West Virginia's early pioneer and farm life...

    City: Point Pleasant

  27. WVA State CCC Camp Museum

    City: Mount Clare

  28. WVU Jackson's Mill Historic Area & Lodge

    Site of the boyhood home of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The Old Mill, the last of the original buildings, features a...

    City: Weston

  29. Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia

    Just steps away from the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, visit the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia and their pioneer village, The ...

    City: Beckley

  30. John Brown Wax Museum

    This unique museum details John Brown's hatred of slavery, traces his violent exploits and depicts scenes from his daring raid on Harpers...

    City: Harpers Ferry

  31. 4 the kids, by George

    The Washington Heritage Trail Welcome Center in Martinsburg is a kid-friendly orientation exhibit and shop leading visitors onto our region...

    City: Martinsburg

  32. Stone House Museum

    The Stone House, Built Circa 1810 Is On The National Register Of Historic Places And Contains A 24 Room Museum, Genealogy Library And Head...

    City: Pennsboro

  33. Telephone Museum

    Contains various switchboards, pay phones, booths, test boards, cable displays and is a tribute to telephone history. Open Thursdays 9 a.m. ...

    City: Fairmont

  34. Triple Brick Museum

    Constructed as housing for railroad workers in the mid-1870s, this brick apartment building structure is now a town museum featuring...

    City: Martinsburg

  35. Camp Allegheny 1861-1862

    This haunting, windswept encampment was successfully defended on December 13, 1861, when Confederate Gen. Edward Johnson’s troops repelled...

    City: Bartow

  36. Eastern Regional Coal Archives

    Archives/museum. Collecting, preserving and making available Coalfield Heritage through photographs, memorabilia, books, music, film and...

    City: Bluefield

  37. International Mother's Day Shrine

    The small railroading town of Grafton was the birthplace of Mother's Day, founded by Miss Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother. The first...

    City: Grafton

  38. Julia-Ann Historic Square District

    Step into the past with a self-guided tour of Victorian grandeur. These were the homes of some of the most influential figures in West...

    City: Parkersburg

  39. West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville Prison Tours and All Night Ghost Hunts

    Prison Tours - Don't miss the opportunity to experience the shock of what life was like behind the huge, cold walls of the former...

    City: Moundsville

  40. Brooke County Museums

    Formerly Miller Tavern (1798-1840), the building now houses a museum displaying furniture manufactured in Wellsburg, items of the 1780-1800...

    City: Wellsburg

  41. Cass Historical Museum

    Cass Historical Museum. The history of Cass and the regions logging industry come alive before your eyes. Through railroad artifacts, train...

    City: Cass

  42. Children's Museum Of The Ohio Valley

    The Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley strives to promote and stimulate the intellectual and creative potential of children through hands...

    City: Wheeling

  43. General Adam Stephen House

    Stone home of the founder of the town of Martinsburg, Revolutionary War General Adam Stephen. Constructed in the late 1770s to early 1780s...

    City: Martinsburg

  44. Harpers Ferry Toy Train Museum

    Museum features a collection of antique electric trains and other toys prior to 1938. The joy line railroad is an outdoor miniature train...

    City: Harpers Ferry

  45. Marion County Museum

    This unique museum was the former sheriffs home from 1912 until 1986 and was an unique structure as the sheriff could go from his home to...

    City: Fairmont

  46. Pleasants County Museum

    Hundreds of historical photos, family histories, court records etc. By appointment only.

    City: Saint Marys

  47. Pocahontas County Historical Museum

    City: Marlinton

  48. Point Pleasant River Museum

    The museum focuses on river life and commercial enterprise. Displays, video demonstrations and special guests will highlight topics such as...

    City: Point Pleasant

  49. Preston County Historical Museum

    History House - Museum of the Preston County Historical Society. Three floors of antiques, artifacts, relics and miscellaneous papers. Open...

    City: Terra Alta

  50. Randolph Co. Historical Society Museum

    Housed in the 1828 Blackman-Bosworth Store building in the center of Beverly, the museum has a broad-based collection including early...

    City: Elkins

  51. Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum

    Housed in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU, the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and...

    City: Morgantown

  52. West Virginia CCC Museum

    The Museum Is Housed For The Present In The Old Quiet Dell Schoolhouse In Harrison County, Just Off Exit 115 Of Interstate 79. The...

    City: Bridgeport

  53. Whipple Company Store & Appalachian Heritage Educational Museum

    Built in the 1890's. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Located in Scenic Fayette County. We invite you to stop by and...

    City: Scarbro

  54. Wiley Cabin & Museum

    Call 304-384-7312 for hours.

    City: Princeton

  55. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

    The only way to experience the enchantment of historic Blennerhassett Island is via a 20-minute sternwheeler ride. From Point Park in...

    City: Parkersburg

  56. Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center

    Located in Oglebay Resort, the Schrader Center is a model for Green Architecture and offers something for nature lovers of all ages....

    City: Wheeling

  57. Campbell Mansion Renner Visitor Center

    The Campbell Mansion Is A National Historic Landmark And The 19th Century Home Of Alexander Campbell, Founder Of Bethany College, And A...

    City: Bethany

  58. Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum

    Birthplace of the Founder of Mother’s Day, this house was the first field headquarters of General George McClellan. The house serves as a...

    City: Grafton

  59. Castle Halloween Museum and Shop

    Castle Halloween is a totally unique museum with over 15,000 Halloween-related artifacts from Arcade Machines to Zany Day of the Dead...

    City: Benwood

  60. Beachamp - Newman Museum

    Free admission Monday - Friday - by appointment only. This historical museum building was built in the 1830s by Alfred Beauchamp from...

    City: Elizabeth

  61. Heritage Towers

    Heritage Towers exhibits were created as a special tribute to a time-honored African American tradition nationally celebrated as Black...

    City: Charleston

  62. Museum of the Berkeley Springs

    Local museum with exhibits highlighting the springs and their effect on the history and development of the surrounding area.  Located on the...

    City: Berkeley Springs

  63. Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

    The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features the largest conical earthen mound in the New World. With a height of nearly 62 feet,...

    City: Moundsville

  64. Fort Edwards Foundation, Inc.

    The Fort Edwards Foundation is an historical site dedicated to preservation of, and education about, a settler's fort built here (at the...

    City: Capon Bridge

  65. Prickett’s Fort

    This fort was constructed in 1774 to provide early settlers protection from Native American attacks. It was built within 10 miles of three...

    City: Fairmont

  66. Arthurdale Heritage Inc

    Arthurdale was the first of 99 New Deal communities built by the federal government during the Depression. Eleanor Roosevelt was deeply...

    City: Arthurdale

  67. Collis P. Huntington RR Historical Society

    Railroad Excursions, outdoor and Indoor Museum and private railroad car rental. This facility is included in "A Guide to Accessible...

    City: Huntington

  68. Mothman Museum

    The Mothman Museum is the world’s only museum/research center devoted to the West Virginia legend called Mothman. Movie props, archives and...

    City: Point Pleasant

  69. 1920's Newbeirn School House

    The 1920’s Newbeirn School House is maintained as original and open to tours during the Black Walnut Festival held on the second weekend of...

    City: Spencer

  70. West Augusta Historical Society Museum

    The West Augusta Historical Society consists of a restored Round Barn and Historical Museum in which there are four rooms of musical, war,...

    City: Mannington

  71. Greenbrier Military School Museum

    Now the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, this school (1812-1972) and the former Greenbrier College on Church Street had their origins in...

    City: Lewisburg

  72. History Center Museum

    The History Center Museum opens every summer, from June- September. Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm, you can visit the History Center Museum...

    City: Buckhannon

  73. Szilagyi Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

    The Szilagyi Center for Visual and Performing Arts is the former Rowlesburg School. It now houses the Greatest Generation WWII Museum, a...

    City: Rowlesburg

  74. Adaland Mansion at Philippi, WV

    Stately brick mansion built in 1870 by Augustus Modisett and later home of Judge Ira E. Robinson. Listed on the National Register of...

    City: Philippi

  75. US Navy Poster Museum

    The world’s only US Navy poster museum. We have an extensive collection of Navy Recruiting Posters spanning the last 100 years,...

    City: Point Pleasant