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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

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Address: 513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
Phone Number: +1 304-256-1747
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As the focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal...

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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This was a great attraction: educational and interesting. They had a good museum documenting mining history in the area. We went through this before taking the mine tour which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great attraction: educational and interesting. They had a good museum documenting mining history in the area. We went through this before taking the mine tour which I found interesting. I'd only been in gold mines prior to this. They had a coal camp reconstructed on the site that also provided a lot of history. They had guides... More 

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Dayton, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The husband and I found this tour and museum to be very interesting. The group is taken into the mine, not too far, in a open tram/like cars to see staged areas where the miners worked. Our guide was very good and answered questions well. There are other buildings to see including a school house, miners shack, etc..You can see... More 

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Canaan Valley, West Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We wanted to visit this underground mine since the men from my mother's side of the family had all been miners in Pennsylvania back in the '20s and '30s and I had a fair idea of what it was all about. The underground tour was interesting and informative about what it was like before the era of mechanized mining. However,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were staying in the Twin Falls state park and enjoyed a trip to Beckley to visit the coal mines. Interesting trip and fun to go in the mine, I wish the tour was more informative. Our guide was very personable and funny, definitely open to answer questions but I did not know what to ask as... More 

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La Penita de Jaltemba, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Such a nice place to see real America and camp next to the site!! The people that run the place are real people from the area!!

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I traveled with 12,10,5 and 3yo children. The mine tour was very interesting and well done though it scared my older two- darkness and "going into the earth" I'd mention to your guide if anyone might be nervous so they'd downplay instead of upplay the danger. I loved it though. The other buildings were worth the extra time. The historical... More 

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odessa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We travel every fall to different places and take different tours... Wine, food, salt, brewery and now coal mine! This was one of the best tours we've ever taken and our guide-Roger was wonderful! You ride in a "coal car" updated and made comfortable for your tour and you are taken 120 ft underground....😳... Now sometimes I get claustrophobic, so... More 

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Ghent, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Been here twice now. Never tire of learning the history of the coal minors and seeing the housing etc of how folks lived and went to school etc. the coal tour is fantastic and the tour guides extremely knowledgeable. Great place for all ages!

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Beckley, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Travel beneath the earth 's surface to get an up close view of an old coal mine shaft. Very cool there. Wear a jacket. Exhibits inside also ver educational. Cheap price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Marvin (an ex coal miner) gave us a wonderful tour. Knew the industry and connected with the audience.

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