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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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Nice morning here with 15 year old granddaughter

Stopped here on a recent trip to West Virginia with our granddaughter. ....tickets include the Coal... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A thrill every time- be sure your kids see this!

If you're from West Virginia and have never been here- shame on you, especially if you have kids... read more

Reviewed 3 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

Stopped here on a recent trip to West Virginia with our granddaughter. ....tickets include the Coal Mine tour and the buildings that have been moved here from various coal mining towns. My granddaughter had never been in a coal mine before, so this was an...More

Thank 981Linda
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you're from West Virginia and have never been here- shame on you, especially if you have kids! If you're not from West Virginia and want to learn something about the coal mining in WV- go here! The staff are super friendly and the facility...More

Thank kgeffectively
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the reasons for our being in the area. It depicts how miners lived when they worked for "the company." It takes you into a formerly active mine and a retired miner explains the life of a miner. It was very informative...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

it was amazing to see how the teen agers looked at how a under ground mine works fun time for all very interresting ,, a must stop for the whole family

Thank tanman1325621
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Provides a lot of information into the conditions of working in a coal mine. The coal miners of WV and other states deserve the thank you from everyone in this country. Lots of blood, sweat and tears in this thankless job.

Thank janijones2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently visited the Beckley Coal Mine Museum when we were traveling through Beckley. We've been in several coal mine museum/exhibits around the country, and this was the best. Excellent underground train tour with "operator" who had worked in coalmining. Lots of...More

Thank traveledall
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great underground tour of an old mine! The tour guide kept your attention and provided a lot of very interesting information. The entire tour was very well organized and informative. All guides were very welcoming and informative. Incredible history here! Would highly recommend planning a...More

Thank Bernadette A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beckley Coal Mine ranks as one of my all-time favorite tours. I am not sure I can find all the right words to describe it. Reading, hearing or watching videos about coal mines will never make an impact on you the way that going into...More

Thank TwoTripTakers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot express how much I loved this historical treasure. Our tour guide was amazing. Honestly, the history of mining has been ignored or deemed as only for poor hillbillies which is a shame because when you think of American pride, you have to look...More

2  Thank HikingLife614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about two hours taking the tour, visiting the museum and exploring the grounds. Very interesting and informative. Everyone (from age 6 to 40) took something away from the tour. While the price is a little high for a family of five, I'm glad...More

1  Thank steg
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Daniel G
7 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
29 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.