West Virginia's museums offer visitors diverse views of the arts and culture in the Mountain State. Fine art museums share the stage with museums dedicated to the state's heritage and rich Appalachian culture.
The Huntington Museum of Art (Charleston)
The Huntington Museum of Art has offered guests a fascinating and growing permanent collection of art and glass along with annual visiting collections from around the world for 50 years. In Charleston, the contemporary setting of the Clay Center for Art and Science offers fine permanent and visiting exhibits, the Avampato Discovery Center and performance theaters that feature local and international performances from classical programs to contemporary.
Independence Hall Museum (Wheeling)
Discover the state's history at the interactive Independence Hall Museum in Wheeling where you'll learn about the state's tumultuous beginnings and about the “moving” capitol. This year, the museum added a rare exhibit of 13 West Virginia Civil War regimental flags. The West Virginia State Farm Museum, near Point Pleasant, and the Heritage Farm and Museum just outside of Huntington both pay tribute to the agricultural heritage of our state.
Fine Arts Centers
In the Eastern Panhandle, visit Boarman House Arts Center in Martinsburg. In Lewisburg, delight at the ever-changing exhibits and wonderful year-round programs at the state's own Carnegie Hall. In the Northern Panhandle, the Stifel Fine Arts Center at Oglebay Park houses an extensive collection of glass, arts and crafts as well as changing art exhibits.