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Public Programs at the Museum

Museum Tours

The West Virginia State Museum offers a variety of tours--all free. The tours range from self-guided to in-depth discovery tours. If you plan on coming in a group of 15 people or more, we ask that you contact the Education Coordinator, Nathan Barner, via email or telephone (304) 558-0220 ext 185, to find the right tour program for you and your group.

The Show Path is an approximate forty-five minute tour through West Virginia history, which comes alive through dynamic re-creations of pivotal events and places in the state's past. Through first-person accounts, visitors will be immersed in each time and place. Connected to the Show Path are the Discovery Rooms that feature artifacts, works of art, stories, music, film clips and follow a the timeline from prehistory all the way up to the 21st century. In the two Connections Rooms, visitors can learn even more about the topics and events of West Virginia. Computer stations in each Connections Room allow visitors to explore photographs, documents, journal articles, and additional information about the state's fifty-five counties. Please see attached for museum map: English version and Spanish version.

Here is a short virtual tour of each of the Museum's 26 Discovery Rooms (courtesy WVPBS) Company Store


The West Virginia State Museum offers activities, grade specific programs and workshops that can add enrichment to your curriculum. Take a look at our current programs and student workshops, as well as lesson plans offered.

Scouting Programs

The West Virginia State Museum Education Department has teamed up with the West Virginia Girl Scouts of Black Diamond to provide Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn their story while celebrating West Virginia's past, present and future. During our program, Girl Scouts are encouraged to dig into their history with activities that are immersive and educational, but most importantly, fun.

Museum Hours of Operation and Directions

Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

For more information call: (304) 558-0220