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Museums of West Virginia

Browse our member sites below, or click here for a list of museums in West Virginia.

Adaland Mansion


Restored 1870 mansion, barn, carriage house, and gardens located in Philippi, West Virginia. Open to the public for guided historical tours, private and public events, and weddings.

Arthurdale Heritage


Visit historic Arthurdale, the nation's first New Deal homestead community, which includes an original homestead house, a working forge, an Esso Station, and stories about the original homesteaders.

Central City Museum

Huntington, WV

The museum showcases objects made and used in the neighborhood during the time that it was known as Central City.

Clarksburg History Museum


A place for visitors to learn about the history of Clarksburg, WV.

Doddridge County Museum

West Union

Doddridge County Museum is a small county museum which houses artifacts and documents ranging from pre Civil War and forward.

Hardy County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Stories from and 18th Century House--The Robert Higgins House, built c.1790 by a Revolutionary War veteran, Captain Robert Higgins, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Glenwood Foundation


The Historic Glenwood Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Glenwood, a National Register of Historic Places property located in Charleston, WV
The Foundation seeks to accomplish its mission by preserving, interpreting, collecting, and performing, facilitating or sponsoring research relating to the property and its occupants

Jefferson County Museum

Charles Town

Permanent and temporary exhibits related to Jefferson County and regional history.

Monroe County Historical Society


Explore Monroe County's history in this museum and two adjacent log cabins.

Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association


Coal mining museum and organization focused on educating the public on regional coal mining heritage.

Parkersburg Art Center


Art gallery bringing Fine Arts to the Mid-Ohio Valley, in addition to art classes for all ages.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center


The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University is dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications.

West Virginia Humanities Council


The West Virginia Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization governed by its Board of Directors. Our mission is to promote a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia.

West Virginia Railroad Maintenance of Way Museum


The West Virginia Railroad Maintenance-of-Way Museum is dedicated to the preservation of history and artifacts related to the maintenance-of-way (track maintenance and repair) department of American Railroading.

West Virginia State Farm Museum

Point Pleasant

Heritage museum featuring log cabins, an early farmhouse, livestock, an operational 19th century blacksmith shop, community buildings, and more.

World Scouting Museum of West Virginia


It is believed that the Museum is the custodian of the largest collection of Scouting memorabilia in the world, containing hundreds of thousands of Scouting related items.

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area


Features exhibits that celebrate the central Appalachian forest, its history, culture, natural history, forest management, and products.

Beverly Heritage Center


Beverly Heritage Center combines four historic buildings in the center of Beverly, West Virginia, to tell the story of the Battle of Rich Mountain and the First Campaign of the American Civil War, the pivotal role of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, and daily life in a small rural county seat through the 19th Century.

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society

Clifton Forge, VA

The Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to interpreting the American Railway experience using C&O Railway’s history through drawings, documents, and artifacts which the Society collects, preserves, and makes available to as broad an audience as possible.

Clay Center


Discover a world of music, theater, art and science at one of the most unique venues in the country.

Friends of Blackwater


Friends of Blackwater works to protect and promote natural beauty, diverse creatures, unique heritage, and the outdoor recreation economy in the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands -- home to the magnificent, 10,000-acre Blackwater Canyon – West Virginia’s “Scenic Crown Jewel.”

Harrsion County Historical Society


Exhibits, artifacts, properties, and sites related to the history and culture of Harrison County, West Virginia.

Historic Shepherdstown Museum


The Historic Shepherdstown Museum was founded to preserve and display artifacts, furniture, and historic documents that relate to local and regional history.

Kanawha State Forest Foundation


The Kanawha State Forest Foundation is a volunteer non-profit organization created over 30 years ago with a mission to protect, promote, and preserve Kanawha State Forest.

Museum of Radio and Technology


Offers a personal, hands-on education in the birth and growth of electronic communication and entertainment, including the WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Oil & Gas Museum


Welcome to West Virginia's multi-site museum highlighting the history and present day impact of oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, the largest reserve of oil and gas in the world.

Royce J & Caroline B Watts Museum at WVU


Exhibits exploring the social, cultural, and technological history of West Virginia’s mineral resources and related industries.

The Great Bend Museum


Founded in 1972 by the Jackson County Historical Society, the museum tells the histories of Jackson County and the Ohio River’s Great Bend region with objects, photographs, and archives. The museum is located in the former Lock 22 powerhouse in Riverside Park.

West Virginia Independence Hall


The birthplace for the state of West Virginia that is now a museum dedicated to the history of statehood and the Civil War.

West Virginia Railroad Museum


The West Virginia Railroad Museum is a new museum dedicated to displaying, interpreting, collecting, and restoring aspects of West Virginia's railroading history.

Weston Historic Landmarks Commission

The work of the Historic Landmark Commission is to promote the preservation of Weston, WV, and Lewis
County, through official recognition, recording, and preservation of Weston’s historical resources.

Art Museum of WVU


Two art galleries that present touring exhibitions as well as exhibitions drawn from West Virginia University's collection.

Cedar Lakes Conference Center


Open year-round, our facility offers hotel and motel-style accommodations with private baths or dormitory type lodging. We can accommodate 20 to 500 people for meal service. Located in the Appalachian foothills, Cedar Lakes boasts of a beautiful, serene settings with easy accessibility and a wide range of recreational offerings such as hiking, fishing, volleyball, miniature golf and disc golf.

Civil War Trails


With over 1,300 sites across six states including West Virginia, there is always something new to see and do along the Trail!

Craik-Patton House


The Craik-Patton House tells the story of two families that lived in the Kanawha Valley in the early to mid-Nineteenth century.

Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum


The North House Museum is home to historic period rooms, exhibits, a library, genealogy and family history resources, and an archive.

Hatfield-McCoy Foundation

Sarah Ann

The Hatfield & McCoy Family Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation, the families created together to preserve, protect, and maintain their family historical sites, artifacts, and history for generations to come.

Huntington Museum of Art


The only nationally accredited visual art museum of its size in the Tri-State region, the HMA serves the public as a museum and cultural center.

Marion County Historical Society


The Marion County Historical Society & Museum is housed in the 1912 former home of Marion County sheriffs.

Museums of Oglebay Institute


Visit the Oglebay Mansion Museum (the estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay) and the Oglebay Institute Glass Museum, which houses a collection of more than 3,500 examples of Wheeling-made glass and china and the Sweeney Punch Bowl.

Old Hemlock Foundation

Bruceton Mills

Old Hemlock preserves the history and life of George Bird Evans and Kay Evans. Visit for a chance to learn about their lives, tour an 1815 log house, and learn more about their line of English Setters.

Society for the Preservation of the McGrew House


McGrew House, referred to as "The Pines" by the McGrew family was built in 1841 by James C. McGrew for his bride, Persis Hagans McGrew.
The McGrew House is significant for its architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum


Starting in the mid-1800s, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was a hospital that now offers a range of historic and haunted tours.

West Virginia Mine Wars Museum


The WV Mine Wars Museum in historic Matewanpreserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people.

West Virginia State CCC Museum

Mount Claire

Museum visitors experience the story of the CCC from onset of the Corps in 1933 to the final phase-out of the program in June, 1942. We also have several items that commemorate the 50th anniversary in 1983 and CCC reunion pictures beyond that year as well as recent achievements and milestones of local and state recognition of the CCC movement by the public and public officials.

Wetzel County Museum

New Martinsville

Visit the Wetzel County Museum to learn more about the interesting history of Wetzel County dating all the way back to Native American Adena culture.

University Members

WVU Libraries

Morgantown, WV

Libraries offer a distinct learning environment for engaging exhibits as an incubator for ideas that stimulate conversation, inquiry, discovery, and reflection.

WVU Native American Studies

Morgantown, WV

As part of their regular coursework, students learn from films, artwork, scholarship, music, and literature produced by Native people and read Native news publications and tribal websites. Through classes and other opportunities facilitated by our program’s faculty, students have traveled to visit and study in diverse indigenous communities.

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