The West Virginia State Capitol Complex is the center of governmental affairs for the state, with its 8,000 employees converging on its grounds daily. The focal point of the complex, which is a magnet for tourism drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, is the 239-foot gold dome designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. Some of his other notable buildings include the Minnesota State Capitol, the US Supreme Court Building, the US Embassy to Canada, the Alexander Hamilton Customs Building, the Chase Headquarters Building, and the US Chamber of Commerce Headquarters. The West Virginia State Capitol, dedicated in 1932 and considered by many one of his finest works, is the tallest building in the state and one of the most iconic capitols in the nation.
The Capitol Complex is also home to the 30-room Georgian Revival Governor’s Mansion, completed in 1925. Also, the West Virginia State Museum and Culture Center opened here in 1976 to showcase the State’s artistic, cultural, and historic heritage. The lower level consists of the newly-renovated West Virginia State Museum, which hosts over 83,000 visitors annually. You can also view the art and history exhibits in the lobby and balcony galleries, browse the State Archives library, or join in one of the dozen exciting festivals and events held throughout the year. The State Theater features concerts, films, lectures, and theatrical performances including the internationally broadcast Mountain Stage radio program.