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Discovery Room 1: An Ancient Land

Discovery Room 1

For such a small room this first discovery room covers a lot of time – the geologic history of West Virginia. Here, you’ll see the world’s oldest seed – the tropical Elkinsia Polymorpha. And what’s it doing in West Virginia? The land that forms our state was once south of the equator – as it moved north, so did the seed. Try to see if you can count all 580 rings on the Mingo oak! Check out some interesting fossils, including a mastodon jaw and core samples that let you see how soil and natural resources are layered in the earth.

West Virginia’s natural scenic beauty and wealth of resources like coal, natural gas, oil and salt were formed hundreds of millions of years ago. The core samples, fossils and timelines give perspective to the time it took for West Virginia to become what we know today.

Discovery Room 1

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

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Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music

Museum Hours of Operation

Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

For more information call: (304) 558-0220