WVU’s Watts Museum to hold family-friendly Saturday events


WVU’s Royce J. and Carline B. Watts Museum is opening its doors to families this spring. 

The museum will host a free Saturday event series one weekend each month through April. 

“We wanted to make the community more aware of the fact that we are open on Saturdays,” said the museum’s curator Danielle Petrak. “We have free parking on the weekends on campus and it’s quieter, you have less students around so it’s a good opportunity for families to come visit the museum.” 

The first event is a Decoder Quest Saturday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m.  

Children and their parents can view the exhibit and answer questions to solve a puzzle and win prizes. 

“We’re just hoping that families can learn a little bit about West Virginia’s mining history and have some fun together and work together on a little activity, engage with each other in the museum instead of strolling around on their own,” Petrak continued. 

The Watts Museum will also hold Rug Making on Saturday, March 14. The event will feature activities and displays related to life in a coal camp. Visitors can start a rug-making craft at the museum and take it with them to finish at home. 

“Touch a Truck” will be the largest event on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children will be able to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who operate it. 

The Watts Museum is located in Room 125 of the Mineral Resources Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus. 

It’s also open each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. 

For more information, contact 304-293-4609 or e-mail wattsmuseum@mail.wvu.edu

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