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West Virginia State Capitol
Charleston, West Virginia State Capitol

Charleston WV State Capitol

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1900 Kanawha Boulevard EastCharlestonWest Virginia 25305-0300
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The Charleston WV Capitol Building

After three stages of development, The West Virginia state Capitol was dedicated on the state's 69th birthday on June 20, 1932. Known for its 23.5 karat gold dome, the WV Capitol building is the tallest structure in the state. The building's grounds include the Governor's Mansion, the Culture Center, and the Veterans Memorial statue.


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Monday through Friday, 9am to 3:30pm

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Guided tours and private functions.


  • Guided Tours
  • Sightseeing
  • Field Trips

In 1877

In 1877, Charleston was chosen as the site for the state capital. Eight years later, the first building was erected and opened, but burned down in 1921. A subsequent replacement also burned to the ground. A Capitol Building Commission authorized the construction of the current capitol building, which was designed by architect Cass Gilbert. and It was dedicated on June 20th, 1932.

Capitol Plaza features

Capitol Plaza features the historic Holly Grove Mansion, Culture Center and Museum, West Virginia Governor's Mansion, three beautiful statues, two fountains, and views of the Kanawha River.


  • Yes, tours of the state Capitol building are conducted from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every half hour, and on Saturdays from 1pm to 3:30 pm on the hour. No guided tours are given on Sundays
  • An interior look of the dome is a must. Inside, you will find a two ton crystal chandelier, which hangs 180-feet from the floor. The main unit has 333 rooms and two wings. Visitors are taken back by the beauty of the rotunda and the intersections at the two wings. The tours will take you through the most memorable areas of the building.

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