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Culture Center presenting holiday movies

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Top off the holiday season with a visit to the West Virginia State Museum and three days of children's activities and family movies that will air Dec. 26-28 on the big screen of the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Culture Center, State Capitol, in Charleston.

Each day will feature a different film that will be shown twice, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children's winter craft projects also will take place each day in the Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events are free.

On Dec. 26, see "The Smurfs 2." On Dec. 27, visitors can see "Monsters University." "Planes" will be screened on Dec. 28.

In addition to the movies, visitors can tour the West Virginia State Museum and view the many exhibits on display in the Culture Center. In the Balcony Gallery, "Water, Wood, Metal, Stone and Oil: A State of Art," an exhibit featuring art from the state museum's historical and contemporary art collections in a variety of media, is on display.

The North Wing exhibit area off the Great Hall has a display of photographs from the West Virginia State Archives with a focus on trains. J.J. Young Jr. bequeathed 6,328 images of trains in Wheeling and Charleston from the late 1940s though 2001 to the West Virginia State Archives. Fifty-one of those images are on display through the end of January.

The Great Hall is filled with holiday decorations, including wreaths, poinsettias and seven trees with ornaments made by school children. A Victorian parlor setting is in the Lobby Gallery.

The Culture Center, including the State Museum and State Archives, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. The State Museum is also closed on Monday. The building will close at noon on Christmas Eve and reopen at 9 a.m. Dec. 26.

For information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the division, at 304-558-0220.