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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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Old Coal Mine & Mine Museum

This was a neat find for me and my husband. I randomly found this place when searching for things... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amber S
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Point Pleasant, West Virginia
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Great and family friendly

This museum is children oriented and has hand on activities that are educational and engaging... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah K
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Beckley, West Virginia
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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
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"retired miner"
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"west virginia"
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"the underground tour"
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"above ground"
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"hard life"
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"gift shop"
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"bring a jacket"
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"all ages"
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"answer questions"
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"turn of the century"
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"mine shaft"
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"educational experience"
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"an eye opener"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a neat find for me and my husband. I randomly found this place when searching for things to do in Beckley and I’m so glad we visited. The museum is very interesting with an inside museum as well as multiple buildings on the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is children oriented and has hand on activities that are educational and engaging. Priced fairly and easy to find off of Ewart Ave. Culturally educational as well regarding the history of coal mines in West Virginia.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Exhibition Coal Mine is a must-see while in Beckley, especially while traveling the West Virginia Coal Heritage Road. There is little better way, short of working underground yourself, of learning about the life and work of the tens of thousands of men who labored...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure how my 4 and 12 year old girls would feel about this excursion, but they LOVED it! They really enjoyed seeing the houses, the outhouse, church and one room school. They couldn't believe their grandparents lived like that. I wasn't planning to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unless you have a passion for this kind of stuff, this is boring. It was also expensive, in my opinion, at $20 a person. Tour guide was knowledgeable but I was a bit uncomfortable by his use of the word “colored”. Definitely not needed for...More

Thank Brenda M
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Leslie B, General Manager at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Ms. Brenda M., I am sorry to read that your visit to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine wasn’t a truly engaging experience for you. Your review only mentioned the underground tour. I hope you also visited the mine museum, the five historical building of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coal is very much still king in West Virginia, and this great attraction explains the history of it and makes you a part of it. It's truly a must-do when you're in WV- and we live here and love it! You ride a coal-car into...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Coal may have been king, but what a harsh ruler! This collection of old buildings and artifacts shows what a hard life the West Virginia coal miners had. Building docents explained the significance of the structure but more importantly helped me see the day to...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Very interesting to go into a real coal mine (from days gone by) and get a better understanding of what goes on underground.

Thank fancietail
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

It really gave a glimpse into the lives of miners past and present. The museum was interesting. The children's museum was small but sufficient. The old structures were nicely appointed with period pieces. Nice gift shop. Unusual and worth the visit

1  Thank MirolgaTumen
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

My sister and I and my daughter (10 y/o) and niece (11 y/o) thoroughly enjoyed this experience! Learning history with hands-on experiences. Taking the tour made me aware of things I had never considered, and gave me a real appreciation for the coal miners.

1  Thank Cornliona
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joelupdike
25 March 2018|
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Response from Michael A | Reviewed this property |
Yes...the main building is well layer out and the mine car is tight but I believe there was a person in a wheelchair who made it when I was there
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drurybunch
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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Daniel G
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
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