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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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Excellent tour!!

This was a great experience and very reasonably priced. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sherri S
via mobile
Very informative tour of a coal mine and history of coal production

We visited the mine and associated support information. Our tour guide, cliff was just great. He... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Ohio
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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 6 days ago via mobile

This was a great experience and very reasonably priced. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable as he was a retired coal miner. The gift shop prices were very well price especially in comparison to other places on our trip. Seems to be a lovely...More

Thank Sherri S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the mine and associated support information. Our tour guide, cliff was just great. He did a great job of explaining how coal was mined and the rigors of mining it. I enjoyed the tour and all the history that was presented in the...More

Thank LJ K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 45 minute tour was informative and entertaining. We learned about the industry, the workers conditions and the financial facts of the workers vs the management. Well worth the visit. The buildings were also worh seeing.

Thank Larry13b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mother-in-law's father was a coal miner in WV so my wife and I took her here on our way to Florida from Ohio. We all enjoyed it greatly. All the guides and volunteers did an awesome job. I would recommend this stop. We spent...More

1  Thank Troy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is so cool, ride a coal train inside an actual mine with someone who will narrate the ride and tell you the history and explain more about mines, and visit the outside and see some old coal camp homes come alive for you, including...More

Thank ktbelle54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family and friends came here for a tour on Labor Day. We arrived at around 11:00 and were able to immediately get in on a tour. It begins with a trip into a real coal mine led by a former coal miner. If you...More

Thank crocuslover
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time, the guide was so kind, patient and informative and was a retired coal miner. He provided a wealth of information, compared old mining techniques to the modern and made the mine tour a great experience. This is a great place...More

1  Thank Ernest R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to visit for a couple hours, and I have a new appreciation for coal mining and coal miner history. Our tour guide Marvin was a retired miner himself and gave us lots of first-hand information and show-and-tell. We enjoyed talking with veteran miner...More

Thank BrendaTR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum in August 2017 with our 10 and 13 year old daughters. The museum is interesting and informative and it was neat to see all of the old buildings. The underground coal mining tour was the coolest...More

Thank MomOf2Girlies
Leslie B, General Manager at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Ms. Mom, Thank you so much for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed the Exhibition Coal Mine. We are sorry that the Youth Museum was closed for an exhibition change. We try to make those changes as rapidly as possible but unfortunately...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This was an honest, eye-opening tour of a former coal mine and the lives of the men and women involved. Our guide educated us on a dangers and harsh working conditions of a coal miner in the early 1900s, using tools and props to demonstrate...More

Thank Christine S
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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.