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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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friendly staff !!

While searching for things to do on our drive south, we came across this attraction and decided to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mississauga, Canada
Local history

If you enjoy a little lesson about coal history and the way workers extracted coal before modern... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 2 days ago

While searching for things to do on our drive south, we came across this attraction and decided to check it out. It was a great stop (nice museum, and the big attraction being taken into the old coal mine, and the period homes). Admission was...More

Thank Traveller-BL
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you enjoy a little lesson about coal history and the way workers extracted coal before modern technology was invented then this is the tour you will want to do. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and extraction of the coal....More

Thank David T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the mine. The staff was SO friendly and informed about the history of coal mining in the area! We really enjoyed the mine shaft ride and our guide was very informative, pleasant and was great with the visitors of...More

Thank Iagirl16
Reviewed 1 week ago

awesome place to see a recreated coal town AND go into a coal mine the childrens museum is good for younger children - very hands on -- the mountain village is in need of signage and sprucing up

Thank carokitty
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were stopping in Beckley for a few days on a trip and decided to visit this Coal Mine exhibit. For $28 we got a pass to the grounds which included access to a well designed Coal Mining museum and kids museum. There is also...More

Thank Aaron S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the exhibition coal mine with our teenage sons. The trip into the coal mine was interesting as were the historical homes onsite to tour. The entire facility was nicely laid out and meticulously maintained. I did feel that $75+ dollars for our family...More

Thank Kristin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With a purpose to learn and be exposed to newness, my husband and I made this a "must stop" on a recent road trip. The visit was most rewarding. We were touched to realize many of the volunteers on sight were previous coal miners and...More

Thank jeanne c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our two families greatly enjoyed the experience underground as well as the youth museum. The folks working there were wonderful and friendly. Makes me appreciated how hard the coal miners had to be to live during those times.

Thank PulaskiBikes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great information about history of coal mining, riding the train into a mine shaft, and the historical structures on the property. Very interesting to my father who loves history, younger kids loved the youth museum and teenagers liked historical homes. Nice picnic area and easy...More

1  Thank donnat1405
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our children to learn about coal mining and to show them what their great grandparents did in TN as miners. Boy did the tour give us all an appreciation! The tour was informative and the guide was a retired miner and could answer...More

Thank MamaKLB
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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
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.
7 April 2016|
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Response from Dick H | Reviewed this property |
The mine tour is about 45 minutes. There are other exhibits to see...foreman's house, family house, single house, and museum.