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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
+1 304-256-1747
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I felt the emotions of the miners

While on vacation to WV for our family reunion we visited the Exhibition Coal Mine jn Beckley... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
central ca
Recommended visit

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the mine camp as well as the guided tour through the mine. Our... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hobart, Indiana
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As the focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal Mine, the Rahall Company Store, Mine Museum and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia draw thousands of people to the area annually. The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and tasks of past and present day miners. In addition to the Mine, one can tour the Mine Museum and the period coal camp situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School, give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life. Adjacent to the Exhibition Mine, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is open to the public year round. The central exhibit area features an average of three different interactive exhibits yearly. Group tours include a visit to the Museum’s Planetarium. Behind the Museum’s main building, stands the Mountain Homestead. Developed to enrich history studies, guides tell the stirring story West Virginian’s hearty pioneer settlers as they interpret the restored log cabin, one room schoolhouse, barn, weaver’s shed, general store, moonshine still and blacksmith shop.
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513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
+1 304-256-1747

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While on vacation to WV for our family reunion we visited the Exhibition Coal Mine jn Beckley. Loved the coal town and museum. People were so friendly and entertaining. When we entered the mine it was a breathtaking journey back in time to when the...More

Thank howlerman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the mine camp as well as the guided tour through the mine. Our tour guide, a former miner himself, gave us lots of insight to what life in the mines were like. What a tough job!

Thank jnmwebb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Runn by the City of Beckley, this museum is well done, in good repair, clean, and had volunteers on hand in most of the buildings who eager to share their knowledge of the history of both the specific buildings and coal mining life in West...More

Thank jennyrobot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the mine tour with Marvin, our tour guide (who did a great job), and got a good feel for coal mining at the beginning of the 20th Century . . . very basic, physically difficult and dangerous. Also walked the out buildings and...More

Thank JohnD63487
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mine tour was very illuminating and interesting and I highly recommend it to learn about coal mining. While exploring the buildings on the property, the guides were very informative and knew much more than what guides know at similar attractions. It's definitely worth a...More

Thank LiverpoolGal17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum presented in a very realistic life in a coal camp. They have a very extensive display of tools that were used in the mines. They also give you a very good idea of what it was like to live in a company town.

Thank Jerry-retired
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was interesting, but I came to the conclusion very quickly, that I did not want to be a coal miner. Good look at what a miner's life would have been like.

Thank jay34144
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Beckley Exhibition Mine is a very informational place. The trip underground was fun, informative, and led by a great guide who had a sense of humor. I know the guide's father was a miner though I can't remember if he was one himself. The...More

Thank dlmsigh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting ride in the old mines. Tour info by retired miners -- lots of information presented with great fun Nice museum. as well.

Thank patiD
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

My husband's family is from the area and they were coal miners. I felt it was great to see how they lived and worked. Mike also explained some of the evolution in technology and safety equipment that was patented due to the coal Mining industry....More

Thank valliam13
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29 August 2017|
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Response from Bruce L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry about early answer my mind was on Wall Drug in South Dakota. No they start charging at the age of 4
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8 July 2017|
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Response from Kimberly M | Reviewed this property |
The main building is definitely up to ADA code and so are the sidewalks to all the outbuildings. I honestly did not notice if the little tram going down into the coal mine had a special wheelchair car on it or not. I would... More
30 June 2017|
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Response from GM1Ret | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Kim. I would also recommend an extra blanket for the baby.