Museums and Theaters in West Virginia

First Confederate Memorial in Romney

Theater and opera houses

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston
The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in the city of Charleston is a mixture of theater and museum. The complex, which opened in 2003, houses the Avierato Discovery Museum and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall with 1,883 seats on 22,000 m². The Maier Foundation Performance Hall is the venue for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The Avampato Discovery Museum also includes the former Sunset Museum.

Contact 1 Clay Square
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown
The Monongalia Arts Center in the city of Morgantown was opened in 1978 to promote the arts. The Monongalia Arts Center is located on the campus of West Virginia University. There are two galleries and a theater within the complex. The building, which was built in the neoclassical style, was built in 1913 and is itself worth a visit. In earlier times it was Morgantown Post Office. The theater at the Monongalia Arts Center, the Mabel DeVries Tanner Theater, opened in 1981 and is now a venue for classical theater productions and musical events.

Contact 107 High Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505

Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown
The Metropolitan Theater in the city of Morgantown is a historic theater that was built between 1922 and 1924 in a neoclassical style. Despite its long history, the theater is still in operation today and has been on the list of historic places since 1984.

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Contact 369 High Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505

Museums and exhibitions

Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington
The Huntington Museum of Art in the city of Huntington is an art museum. The Huntington Museum of Art is the largest art museum between Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Richmond. On an exhibition area of ​​210,000 m², the museum shows its impressive collection, which includes the subject areas of American and European paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings as well as American folk art, Chinese and Japanese exhibits, British silverware from the 18th and 19th centuries, Haitian art, Weapons and exhibits from the Middle East.

Contact 2033 McCoy Road
Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Monuments and memorials

Madonna of the trail
The Madonna of the Trail memorial is actually a series of monuments, to be precise, 12 monuments. These are located along the former National Old Trails Road, better known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway. The monuments thus extend from Maryland to California. The sculptures were designed by August Leimbach and erected between 1928 and 1929. The sculptures show a woman in the “costume” of the pioneers. She is holding a baby in her left arm while another child is standing on her right side. The right arm is clutching the barrel of a rifle. The statues are 3 m high, weigh 5 tons and were made of granite. The sculptures commemorate the deeds and sacrifices women made during the western expansion of the United States. The statue in West Virginia is in the city of Wheeling. The statues are located in the states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • California
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

First Confederate Memorial in Romney
The First Confederate Memorial in the city of Romney is considered the first memorial to the fallen of the Army of the Confederate States of America. The monument was inaugurated in 1867, despite the fact that a law prohibited official commemoration of the Confederate States of America. The monument was erected at night to create facts that could not later be undone.

First Confederate Memorial in Romney