To visit the State Museum’s Education webpage, go here.

Operating Hours

Open Tuesday through Saturday

9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sundays and Mondays

Admission to the museum is free.


Main: (304) 558-0220

WV Department of Arts, Culture and History
Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

WV State Museum Education Department

How can we relate historic perspective to someone who communicates in “real time” and measures change in seconds instead of centuries? We look to Socrates, “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” And there we begin. Working with educators and historians, we have created personal experiences in the museum with the stories that illustrate what became and is the 35th state. Each individual is placed “in the moment”, experiencing the sights and sounds that immerse the curious and the dreamer. For the young learners who ask “what’s next?” We want them to discover that we need to know where we’ve been to know where we are going, and that they have a critical role to play in that mission.

The state museum’s education programs support the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) vision of high standards and preparedness for higher learning. The programs meet the 21st century content standards and objectives for West Virginia schools, combine multiple disciplines and target all grade levels. The format involves designing experiences that require research, peer-to-peer learning, investigation and reflection, which strengthen higher-order thinking skills and analytical proficiency.

Our Education Department has orientation materials, activities, and more to make the most of your visit. Check out some of the key online resources to further enhance your West Virginia arts, culture and history studies.