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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

Philippi

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

Arthurdale

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.

Clarksburg History Museum

Clarksburg

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.

Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum

Lewisburg

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.

Jefferson County Museum

Charles Town

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

Monroe County Historical Society

Union

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

Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association

Fairmont

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

Pricketts Fort State Park

Fairmont

Prickett’s Fort State Park is a living history exhibition dedicated to preserving, documenting and exhibiting the past that features an 18th century recreation of the original Prickett’s Fort, which provided a place of refuge for frontier settlers from possible Native American attacks.

WVU History Department

Morgantown

The Department of History offers opportunities for undergraduates, M.A. students, Ph.D. students, graduate non-degree students and graduate students in other disciplines to learn historical research skills to create narratives for public audiences.

Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

Weirton

The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center provides educational programming, and opportunities for the
local citizens and visitors to be acquainted with the cultural and historic heritage of the greater Weirton area.

West Virginia Independence Hall

Wheeling

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

Elkins

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.

Appalachian Forest Discovery Center

Elkins

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

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

Charleston

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

Fort Randolph

Point Pleasant

From 1776-1779, the original Fort Randolph provided valuable defense for America's frontier.

Hardy County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Moorefield

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 Shepherdstown Museum

Shepherdstown

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

Marion County Historical Society

Fairmont

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

Museum of Radio and Technology

Huntington

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

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.

Royce J & Caroline B Watts Museum at WVU

Morgantown

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

WVU Libraries

Morgantown

University library system that features rotating exhibits and art displays in the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, and virtually.

West Virginia Culture Center & State Museum

Charleston

The Culture Center is home to the West Virginia State Museum which offers a variety of programs and exhibits that preserve and share the culture and history of the Mountain State and its people.

West Virginia Mine Wars Museum

Matewan

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.

Art Museum of WVU

Morgantown

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

Civil War Trails

Statewide

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

Charleston


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

Friends of Blackwater

Thomas

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

Clarksburg

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

Huntington Museum of Art

Huntington

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.

McGrew House

Kingwood

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.

Museums of Oglebay Institute

Wheeling

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.

Parkersburg Art Center

Parkersburg

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

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Weston

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

WVU Program for Native American Studies

Morgantown

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. In addition, faculty and students attend and participate in Native American cultural events in the region and beyond, enriching their cultural awareness and appreciation.

West Virginia Humanities Council

Charleston

In addition to grants, their direct programs include traveling exhibits, History Alive!, regional lectures, and e-WV, the online West Virginia Encyclopedia.

West Virginia Railroad Maintenance of Way Museum

Cowen

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.