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7 of 12 Types of West Virginia Recreational Facilities--Museums
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West Virginia Museums

Name

Town/City

County

Region

Type

Summary

Adaland Mansion

Philippi

Barbour

Mountaineer Country

Historic house

1870 period mansion

Adam Stephen House

Martinsburg

Berkeley

Eastern Panhandle

Historic house

Also known as General Adam Stephen House, located next to Triple Brick Museum

African-American Heritage Family Museum

Ansted

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

African American

 

Alexander Campbell Mansion

Bethany

Brooke

Northern Panhandle

Historic house

Operated by Bethany College, early 19th-century period home of college founder Alexander Campbell

Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum

Webster

Taylor

Mountaineer Country

Historic house

Home of Anna Jarvis, founder of the Mother's Day holiday

Ansted Culture and Heritage Museum

Ansted

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Local history

information

Antioch Baptist Church Museum

Ansted

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Local history

information

Art Museum of West Virginia University

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Art

website, part of West Virginia University

The Arts Centre

Martinsburg

Berkeley

Eastern Panhandle

Art

website, includes exhibit gallery

Avampato Discovery Museum

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Science

Part of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, science exhibits, art gallery and a planetarium

Babcock State Park

Clifftop

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Mill

Includes Glades Creek Grist Mill

B & O Museum of Wheeling

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Multiple

website, part of West Virginia Northern Community College, exhibits include B & O Railroad memorabilia, Hazel-Atlas Glass Company pieces; also known as West Virginia Northern Community College Alumni Association Museum

Barbour County Historical Museum

Philippi

Barbour

Mountaineer Country

Local history

Exhibits include the mummified bodies of two female asylum inmates that were artificially preserved in 1888

Beauchamp-Newman Museum

Elizabeth

Wirt

Mid-Ohio Valley

Local history

Owned and operated by the Elizabeth Beauchamp Chapter Daughters of American Pioneers

Beckley Exhibition Mine

Beckley

Raleigh

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Mining

Coal mine town, mine and museum, also Youth Museum of Southern WV

Belle Boyd House

Martinsburg

Berkeley

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

website, operated by the Berkeley County Historical Society, family home of Civil War spy Belle Boyd

Beverly Heritage Center

Beverly

Randolph

Potomac Highlands

Local history

website, combines four historic buildings to tell the story of the Battle of Rich Mountain, the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, and daily life in a 19th-century rural county seat

Bice-Ferguson Memorial Museum

Shinnston

Harrison

Mountaineer Country

Local history

website, exhibits include period room displays and antique telephones

Birke Art Gallery

Huntington

Cabell

Metro Valley

Art

website, part of Marshall University

Blenko Glass Visitor Center and Museum

Milton

Cabell

Metro Valley

Decorative arts

Visitor center includes museum

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Parkersburg

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

Local history

Includes Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History and rebuilt early 19th-century Blennerhassett Mansion on the island

Brooke County Historical Museum

Wellsburg

Brooke

Northern Panhandle

Local history

Industry, early education and pioneer life

Bulltown Historic Area

Bulltown

Braxton

Mountain Lakes

Military

Includes the 1863 battlefield of the Battle of Bulltown, a visitor center with exhibits about the town and the battle, and several 19th century log homes and other structures

Caboose Museum

Mullens

Wyoming

Southern

Local history

 

Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum

Hinton

Summers

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Historic house

website

Canyon Rim Visitor's Center

Fayetteville

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Local history

website, one of three visitor centers for New River Gorge National River, area cultural and natural history

Capon Bridge Museum

Capon Bridge

Hampshire

Potomac Highlands

Local history

websiteinformation

Carnegie Hall, Inc.

Lewisburg

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Art

Regional cultural center with three fine art exhibit galleries

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Summersville

Nicholas

Mountain Lakes

Historic house

1850s Patterson House Museum includes artifacts from the Battle of Carnifex Ferry

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Cass

Pocahontas

Potomac Highlands

Railroad

Includes heritage railroad, museum, train shops, recreated 1940s logging camp, model railroads

Cedar Creek State Park

Glenville

Gilmer

Mountain Lakes

School

Includes the Pine Run One Room School

Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library and Museum

Weston

Lewis

Mountain Lakes

History

 

Ceredo Museum

Ceredo

Wayne

Metro Valley

Local history

Facebook siteinformation, operated by the Ceredo Historical Society

Chief Logan State Park

Logan

Logan

Metro Valley

Multiple

Includes Museum in the Park with changing art and history exhibits

Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Children's

website

C & O Depot Museum

St. Albans

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Railroad

 

Coal Heritage Museum

Madison

Boone

Metro Valley

Mining

website, operated by the Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation, heritage of area coal fields industry

Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center

Bramwell

Mercer

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Mining

information, West Virginia's coal history

Contentment Historical Complex

Ansted

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Historic house

Mid-19th-century period home of Civil War Col. George Imboden, schoolhouse, museum of historic household and cultural artifacts

Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Medical

website, part of West Virginia University Medical Center, historic pharmacy display open by appointment

Country Store and Museum

Glenville

Gilmer

Mountain Lakes

History

General store with antiques and historic shop items

Craik-Patton House

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Historic house

Mid-19th-century period home operated by the Colonial Dames of America in the state of West Virginia

Daughters of the American Revolution Toll House Museum

Barboursville

Cabell

Metro Valley

Local history

website

Davis History House

Romney

Hampshire

Potomac Highlands

Historic house

information, operated by the Hampshire County Public Library, 19th-century log house

Daywood Gallery

Philippi

Barbour

Mountaineer Country

Art

website, part of Alderson-Broaddus College

Doddridge County Museum

West Union

Doddridge

Mountaineer Country

Local history

Facebook site

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

Hillsboro

Pocahontas

Potomac Highlands

Military

Includes museum with history and artifacts from the American Civil War battle fought at the site

Eckhart House

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Historic house

website, Victorian period house and tea room

Fenton Art Glass Museum

Williamstown

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

Art

website

Fort Ashby

Fort Ashby

Mineral

Potomac Highlands

Military

Mid-18th-century stockade fort erected by order of Col. George Washington during the French and Indian War

Fort Edwards

Capon Bridge

Hampshire

Potomac Highlands

History

website, visitor center museum exhibits about the 18th-century frontier fort and the French and Indian War

Fort New Salem

Salem

Harrison

Mountaineer Country

Open air

19th-century log structures

Fort Randolph

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Military

Reconstructed American Revolutionary War era fort

Fostoria Glass Museum

Moundsville

Marshall

Northern Panhandle

Decorative arts

website, pieces produced by the Fostoria Glass Company

Gauley Bridge Historical Museum

Gauley Bridge

Fayette

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Local history

information, scroll to listing

Gorby's Vintage Instrument Museum

South Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Music

information, open by appointment, includes rare and exotic string, woodwind, brass and other instruments

Graham House

Lowell

Summers

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Historic house

18th-century house, includes Saunders One Room School House Museum

Greatest Generation Exhibit

Rowlesburg

Preston

Mountaineer Country

Military

website, World War II memorabilia and home life

Green Bank Science Center

Green Bank

Pocahontas

Potomac Highlands

Science

website, interactive science exhibits and tours of the Green Bank Telescope

The Greenbrier - The Bunker

White Sulphur Springs

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Military

1950s secret emergency relocation center

The Greenbrier - Presidents' Cottage Museum

White Sulphur Springs

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

History

History of the Greenbrier and its presidential visitors

Greenbrier Military School Memorial Museum

Lewisburg

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Military

information, history of the defunct Greenbrier Military School

Grave Creek Mound

Moundsville

Marshall

Northern Panhandle

Archaeology

Includes the Delf Norona Museum with artifacts from the prehistoric mound

Hamilton Round Barn

Mannington

Marion

Mountaineer Country

Farm

 

Hancock County Museum

New Cumberland

Hancock

Northern Panhandle

Historic house

Victorian period house and displya of local history

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry

Jefferson

Eastern Panhandle

Multiple

Includes many museums and historic sites

General Thomas M. Harris School Museum

Harrisville

Ritchie

Mid Ohio Valley

Local history

Operated by the Ritchie County Historical Society

Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum

Parkersburg

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

History

Pioneer relics

Heritage Farm Museum and Village

Huntington

Wayne

Metro Valley

Open-air

Includes Museum of Progress with home displays from 1850, 1900, to 1925, transportation museum and country store museum

Hinton Railroad Museum

Hinton

Summers

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Railroad

Facebook site

Historic Shepherdstown Museum

Shepherdstown

Jefferson

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

 

History House Museum

Terra Alta

Preston

Mountaineer Country

Local history

Operated by the Preston County Historical Society

Huntington Museum of Art

Huntington

Cabell

Metro Valley

Art

 

Huntington Railroad Museum

Huntington

Cabell

Metro Valley

Railroad

website, operated by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

International Mother's Day Shrine

Grafton

Taylor

Mountaineer Country

History

 

Jackson's Mill

Weston

Lewis

Mountain Lakes

Open air

Includes Jackson Family Mill Museum, Blaker Grist Mill, McWhorter Cabin, Mountain State Heritage Center and Mary Conrad Cabin

Jefferson County Museum

Charles Town

Jefferson

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

website

Jenkins Plantation Museum

Lesage

Cabell

Metro Valley

Historic house

Home of Confederate Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins

John Brown Wax Museum

Harpers Ferry

Jefferson

Eastern Panhandle

Wax

website

Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Toy

website, includes toys, model trains, and a scale model of downtown Wheeling

Lighthorse Harry Lee Cabin

Mathias

Hardy

Potomac Highlands

Local history

Property administered by the State of West Virginia in Lost River State Park

Lemuel Chenoweth House & Museum

Beverly

Randolph

Mountaineer Country

Historic house

Mid-19th-century period house

Lost River Artisans Cooperative and Museum

Lost River

Hardy

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

website, includes furniture, tools, textiles, photographs

Lost World Caverns

Lewisburg

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Natural history

Includes cave tours and museum with fossils, rocks and minerals

Madie Carroll House

Huntington

Cabell

Metro Valley

Historic house

19th-century period house

Mansion House Museum

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Historic house

Located in Tu-Endie-Wei State Park

Marion County Historical Museum

Fairmont

Marion

Mountaineer Country

Local history

website

Marshall County Historical Society Museum

Moundsville

Marshall

Northern Panhandle

Local history

information

Matewan Depot Replica Museum

Matewan

Mingo

Metro Valley

Local history

Facebook site

Mercer County War Museum

Princeton

Mercer

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Military

Also known as Those Who Served Museum[1]

Mesaros Galleries

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Art

website, part of West Virginia University

Monongalia Arts Center

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Art

Art and culture center with two galleries

Monroe County Historical Society Museum

Union

Monroe

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Local history

website

Morgan's Kitchen Plantation Museum

St. Albans

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Historic house

website, operated in the summer by the St. Albans Historical Society

Morgantown History Museum

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Local history

website

Mothman Museum

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Media

website, museum about the book and movie The Mothman Prophecies

Mountaineer Military Museum

Weston

Lewis

Mountain Lakes

Military

website

Museum of American Glass in West Virginia

Weston

Lewis

Mountain Lakes

Art

website, decorative glass pieces created by area glass manufacturers, includes National Marble Museum

Museum of Radio and Technology

Huntington

Cabell

Metro Valley

Technology

Historic radios and equipment

Museum of the Berkeley Springs

Berkeley Springs

Morgan

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

Located in Berkeley Springs State Park

Museums of Oglebay Institute

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Multiple

Mansion Museum - 1900 mansion with decorative furnishings and local history exhibits, and the Glass Museum with Wheeling glass and china

New Deal Homestead Museum

Arthurdale

Preston

Mountaineer Country

Multiple

website, local history of this Depression-era project, period displays, art

New Era School Museum

Mineral Wells

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

School

Facebook site, 1884 one room school

North House Museum

Lewisburg

Greenbrier

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Historic house

Operated by the Greenbrier Historical Society, decorative arts and local history

Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Art

Performing and visual arts center

Oil & Gas Museum

Parkersburg

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

Industry

Oil and gas industry in West Virginia and Ohio

Old Hemlock

Brandonville

Preston

Mountaineer Country

Historic house

1782 log house and nature preserve, open for events and by appointment

Old Mill at Harman

Harman

Randolph

Potomac Highlands

Mill

Working grist mill

Old Morgantown Glass Collectors' Guild Glass Museum

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Art

website, decorative glass pieces, currently rebuilding the museum

Old Stone House Museum

Pennsboro

Ritchie

Mid-Ohio Valley

Local history

Operated by the Ritchie County Historical Society

Parkersburg Art Center

Parkersburg

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

Art

website

Pearl S. Buck Birthplace

Hillsboro

Pocahontas

Potomac Highlands

Biographical

1892 period home of writer Pearl S. Buck

Pennsboro B&O Depot

Pennsboro

Ritchie

Mid-Ohio Valley

Railroad

Operated by the Ritchie County Historical Society

Pocahontas County Museum

Marlinton

Pocahontas

Potomac Highlands

Local history

Operated by the Pocahontas County Historical Society

Point Pleasant River Museum

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Maritime

website, river life and commercial enterprise on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, including great floods, boat construction, sternwheel steamers, river disasters, river industry, contribution to World War II, a full scale pilot house simulator, 2400 GAL native fish aquarium and a research library

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

New Vrindaban

Marshall

Northern Panhandle

Religious

Memorial shrine built by Hare Krishna devotees for their spiritual master, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prickett's Fort State Park

Fairmont

Marion

Mountaineer Country

Living

Reconstructed 1770s log fort with seasonal 18th-century living history demonstrations and the 19th-century Job Prickett House

Princeton Railroad Museum

Princeton

Mercer

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Railroad

website, over 100 railroad lanterns, exhibits of railroad artifacts, artworks, books, photographs, and corporate railroad material

Raleigh County Veterans Museum

Beckley

Raleigh

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Military

Facebook site

Randolph County Museum

Beverly

Randolph

Potomac Highlands

Local history

1828 store housing a collection that includes early settlement tools, Civil War artifacts, and belongings of early citizens

Rehoboth Church and Museum

Union

Monroe

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Religious

1780s log-cabin style church and adjacent museum, heritage landmark of the United Methodist Church

Rowlesburg B&O Depot and Museum

Rowlesburg

Preston

Mountaineer Country

Railroad

information

Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum

Morgantown

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Industry

Part of West Virginia University, social, cultural, and technological history of the coal, oil, and natural gas industries of West Virginia

St. George Academy

St. George

Tucker

Mountaineer Country

Local history

listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Samuel Shrewsbury, Sr. House

Belle

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Historic house

Owned by the Belle Historical Restoration Society, Inc., early 19th-century period house and local history museum

Sandstone Visitor's Center

Sandstone

Summers

Southern

Local history

website, one of three visitor centers for New River Gorge National River, area cultural and natural history of the river and its watershed

Scott's Run Museum

Osage

Monongalia

Mountaineer Country

Local history

webiteinformation

Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

Seneca Rocks

Pendleton

Eastern Panhandle

Multiple

website, operated by the US Forest Service in Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, exhibits on natural and local history, includes the mid-19th-century period Sites Homestead

South Charleston Museum

South Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Multiple

Facebook site, local history, culture and art exhibits

Swiger Run History Center & Museum

Doddridge County

Doddridge

Mountaineer Country

Local history

website

Taggart Hall Civil War Museum

Romney

Hampshire

Potomac Highlands

Local history

Includes Civil War memorabilia and Fenton glass

Thurmond Depot Visitor's Center

Thurmond

Fayette

Southern

Local history

One of three visitor centers for New River Gorge National River

Top Kick's Military Museum

Petersburg

Grant

Potomac Highlands

Military

website

Triple Brick Museum

Martinsburg

Berkeley

Eastern Panhandle

Local history

website, located next to Adam Stephen House

Twin Falls Resort State Park

Mullens

Wyoming

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Farm

Includes a nature center and Bowers Ridge Pioneer Farm, a restored 1830s mountain homestead working farm

Tyler County Museum

Middlebourne

Tyler

Northern Panhandle

Local history

website, operated by the Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society

Upshur County History Center

Buckhannon

Upshur

Mountain Lakes

Local history

website, operated by the Upshur County Historical Society

US Navy Poster Museum

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Art

Facebook siteUS Navy recruiting posters spanning 100 years

Veterans Museum of Mid Ohio Valley

Parkersburg

Wood

Mid-Ohio Valley

Military

website

Veterans Museum of Southern West Virginia

Hinton

Summers

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Military

information

Victorian Wheeling Landmarks Foundation

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Historic house

information, provides guided tours of the Victorian period Hess House, John List House and Hazlett-Fields House

Watters Smith Memorial State Park

Lost Creek

Harrison

Mountaineer Country

Farm

Late 19th-century homestead and farm museum

Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

Weirton

Hancock

Northern Panhandle

Local history

website

West Augusta Historical Society Museum

Mannington

Marion

Mountaineer Country

Local history

 

West Virginia CCC Museum

Quiet Dell

Harrison

Mountaineer Country

History

website, history of the Civilian Conservation Corps activities in WV

West Virginia Governor's Mansion

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Historic house

 

West Virginia Independence Hall

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

History

History of statehood of West Virginia

West Virginia Railroad Museum

Elkins

Randolph

Potomac Highlands

Railway

Heritage railroad and museum being planned

West Virginia State Capitol

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

History

 

West Virginia State Cultural Center

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Multiple

website, includes West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historic heritage

West Virginia State Farm Museum

Point Pleasant

Mason

Metro Valley

Farm

website, buildings of historical value, log cabins and tools, early farmhouse and furnishing, machinery, an operational 19th-century blacksmith shop, turn-of-the-20th-century doctor's and newspaper offices

West Virginia State Museum

Charleston

Kanawha

Metro Valley

Multiple

website, West Virginia history, culture, art, paleontology, archaeology and geology

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Moundsville

Marshall

Northern Panhandle

Prison

Former prison

Wheeling Artisan Center

Wheeling

Ohio

Northern Panhandle

Multiple

website, includes Wymer's General Store Museum, art gallery and local history exhibits

Whipple Company Store & Museum

Scarbro

Fayette

Southern

History

website, historic coal camp company store

Wildwood House Museum

Beckley

Raleigh

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

History

Historic house museum

Williamson Area Railroad Museum

Williamson

Mingo

Metro Valley

Railroad

information

Wyoming County Historical Museum

Oceana

Wyoming

Southern

Local history

website

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia

Beckley

Raleigh

New River/Greenbier River Valleys

Children's

website, part of Beckley Exhibition Mine

Z. D. Ramsdell House

Ceredo

Wayne

Metro Valley

Historic house

19th-century house

 

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San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

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Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

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