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Museums of West Virginia

Browse our member sites below, or click here for a map 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.

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 Ashby

Fort Ashby

The Friends of Ashby's Fort exists to support the Ashby's Fort Museum and historical site, to educate the public about our predecessors who were pioneers in this land, to honor the struggle of settlers and Native Americans on the frontier, and to preserve, interpret, and bring to life the cultural heritage of the site as a legacy for future generations.

General Thomas Harris School Museum

Harrisville

This two-story, brick building was constructed in 1878 with two rooms on the first floor and a double stairway leading to two more second-story classrooms connected by an office for the principal. The building is named in honor of Thomas M. Harris, a Harrisville native, rising to the rank of General while serving the Union cause during The Civil War.

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.

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.

St. Albans Historical Society

St Albans

The St. Albans Historical Society was founded in 1972 initially to move and preserve the 1846 log Morgan's Kitchen Museum to St. Albans, which was in danger of being demolished in Putnam County. The Society has since helped to relocate the historic Chilton House the next year. They have expanded greatly to promote an understanding of the history of St. Albans and to collect and preserve materials relating to the town's history.

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.

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 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.

William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences

Morgantown

The WVU Museum of the Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary museum located on the Health Sciences Campus at West Virginia University.

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

Elkins

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

Buffalo Historical Society

Buffalo, WV

The Buffalo Bank was established in 1919, and the building is now operating as the Buffalo Historical Society and Welcome Center.

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.”

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.

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.

Lost River Educational Foundation

Lost City

The Lost River Educational Foundation, has, throughout its history, endeavored to foster an appreciation for the history, preservation, production and value of traditional and contemporary handmade objects and products; provided an environment that supports arts and crafts education; and sought to increase the public’s awareness of heritage arts and crafts through demonstrations of craftsmanship.

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.

Parkersburg Art Center

Parkersburg

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

Fairmont

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.

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 Geological and Economic Survey Natural History Museum

Morgantown

The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey's (WVGES) Museum of Geology and Natural History, housed in the lobby of the Survey's office on Cheat Lake near Morgantown, showcases the rich and varied story of West Virginia's geology through rock, mineral, fossil, and natural history displays.

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.

World Scouting Museum of West Virginia

Charleston

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.

Art Museum of WVU

Morgantown

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

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

Clarksburg

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

Flatwoods Monster Museum

Sutton

The museum has been featured in such programs as Small Town Monster’s The Flatwoods Monster: a Legacy of Fear, America’s Got Aliens (Hong Kong), Nerdist’s Bizarre States, and the Unseen World. Displays include: one of a kind collections and artifacts, historic items, memorabilia, books, and more!

Gassaway Depot/Town of Gassaway

Gassaway

The Gassaway Depot is the only remaining structure of the Coal and Coke Railway Company, incorporated in 1902 for the purpose of connecting Charleston and Elkins. The initial railroad depot was constructed in 1906 and was replaced with the current structure in 1915.

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.

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.

Madie Carroll House Preservation Society

Huntington

The Madie Carroll House Preservation Society's mission is to inspire and develop a knowledge of, an appreciation for, and a pride in the artistic, historic and architectural wealth of the Historic Madie Carroll House and surrounding communities; to assist in the practical preservation, restoration, reconstruction, and maintenance of the Historic House; to protect historically significant structures; and to work with individuals, private clubs, and governmental organizations involved in providing for the needs and concerns of citizens.

Morgantown History Museum

Morgantown

The Morgantown History Museum showcases the social, culture, and commercial history of the greater Morgantown area. Permanent exhibits include Don Knotts, vintage printing shop, local glassware and pottery and much more.

Oil & Gas Museum

Parkersburg

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.

Spark! Imagination and Science Center

Morgantown

The mission of Spark! Imagination and Science Center is to inspire people of all ages to explore science and the arts through hands-on exhibits and programs that spark a lifelong love of learning.

The Great Bend Museum

Ravenswood

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 Baptist Historical Society

Ripley

The West Virginia Baptist Historical Society (WVBHS) is a non-profit organization incorporated on January 23, 1942 for the preservation and promotion of historical documents, artifacts, and dissemination of historical research pertaining to the Baptist heritage of West Virginia.

West Virginia Humanities Council

Charleston

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

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.

University & Service Program Members

Preservation Alliance of West Virginia

Elkins

Preservation Alliance of West Virginia serves as the statewide grassroots organization dedicated to historic preservation in our Mountain State.

WVU History Department

Morgantown, WV

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.

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