Randall Reid-Smith
Cabinet Secretary

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History


During the month of July, cool off at one of our museum sites across the mountain state. Whether you’re traveling from out of state or live here in the hills of West Virginia, the Culture Center in Charleston, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, and West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling all offer a great place to bring the whole family and spend the day learning the vast history of our great state. And the best part – admission to all sites is free! This summer don’t miss the annual Quilt Exhibition on display in the Culture Center Great Hall. The exhibit features quilts and wall hangings made by West Virginians and is a favorite to visitors. The exhibit will be open until mid-September. The Culture Center will also celebrate its 48th anniversary on July 11. Discover the ‘birthplace of West Virginia’ at Independence Hall and see the building’s historical architecture, which was once the Wheeling Custom House, post office and federal court. A new statute of West Virginia’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman, is also now on display on the grounds of Independence Hall. Also, explore the multiple entities at Grave Creek, including the museum, archaeological research center, and Adena Mound. We hope you’re enjoying your summer and visit us soon!

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The West Virginia State Museums features locations at the Culture Center, Grave Creek Archaeological Complex, Camp Washington Carver, and Independence Hall.


Whether researching your family lineage or looking for information on the history of West Virginia, the Archives and History website is the premier on-line resource.


Every year the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History give out millions of dollars in grants. Check out grant opportunities in Arts, Historic Preservation, or Record Management.

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