West Virginia Science and Culture Center

One week after the United States celebrated its bicentennial, Governor Arch Moore dedicated the West Virginia Science and Culture Center on July 11, 1976. Located just west of the state capitol and behind the Governor’s Mansion, the $14‐million structure, designed by C. E. Silling of Charleston, was constructed to showcase the Mountain State’s artistic, cultural, and historic heritage. The center became the home of the new West Virginia Division of Culture and History, including its arts and historic preservation units, and the State Archives, the Norman L. Fagan State Theater, State Museum, and the State Museum Shop. The West Virginia Library Commission shares the building, with its offices and a major library there.

The Center’s great hall, with its white Alabama marble walls accented by West Virginia oak, a red Tennessee marble floor, gold and wood coffered ceiling, and two large dodecahedron‐shaped bronze and crystal chandeliers, welcomes visitors. The 468‐seat theater, behind the great hall, hosts West Virginia’s performing artists, dance, theater, jazz, and film festivals, affairs of state, and performance broadcasts of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s ‘‘Mountain Stage.”


State of West Virginia


Charleston, WV




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