Charleston, WV Tourist Attractions
Charleston, the state capital, lies on the Kanawha River. The Capitol with its golden dome ranks as one of the finest in the United States. In the adjoining Cultural Center, the State Museum documents West Virginia's history. In the evening people congregate at the Riverfront.
Considered by many locals to be the best looking State Capitol Building in the United States, the Charleston State Capitol Building is a fine example of public building architecture. Similar in design to most capitol buildings, the Charleston State Capitol is fronted by Corinthian columns and has a large gold dome on top. Of note inside the building is the massive chandelier suspended from the top of the dome.
Avampato Discovery Museum (formerly Sunrise Museum)
Two floors of family fun await the visitor to the Avampato Discovery Center. Home to a multitude of interactive and interesting science exhibits on one floor and stunning art exhibits on another, the Avampato Discover Museum is well worth a visit. Also on site is a Planetarium that runs regular shows.
An interesting display of mid 19th century furniture awaits the visitor at Craik-Patton House. Built in the early 19th century the Craik-Patton House is an excellent example of Roman Revival Architecture and is listed on the National Register of Buildings.
The Charleston Cultural Center is the lifeblood of this mid- sized city's arts community. The center contains a museum and is the main venue for a variety of performances and festivals. There is a reference library on site along with a store selling unique native crafts.