The Heritage Towers in Charleston, WV offers visitors the opportunity to learn and immerse themselves in the arts, culture, and heritage of the African Americans.
Inaugurated in 2002 and opened in 2005, the Heritage Tower Museum and Cultural Center traces the history of Black Culture, all the way to its roots in West Africa. The exhibits in the museum gives visitors the historical perspective of the African American history in West Virginia, and showcases the significant accomplishments and contributions made by the black people from WV to the country and to the world at large.
The museum also offer tours of West Virginia that winds through the greater Charleston Metro and Kanawha Valley’s historic districts. It starts at the West Virginia Black Heritage Trail, and runs down the length of the Kanawha River. Tour stops include Booker T. Washington’s boyhood home in Maiden and the West Virginia State University (formerly the West Virginia Colored Institute).
Kids can join the Heritage Kids Club, which is open for children from Kinder through fifth grade. The club aims to teach the importance of friendship, cooperation, and collaboration in everyday activities. The club exposes them to diversity, while at the same time learning about the rich history of African and American culture.
The Heritage Tower is located in the heart of Charleston, at 12 Virginia St E # 100. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for students with ID, and $5.50 for children (12 and under) and seniors. Group rates are available. Call (304) 343-3250 for the group rate and other inquiries.