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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

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Address: 513 Ewart Ave., Beckley, WV 25801
Phone Number: 304-256-1747
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: As the focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition...
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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Great Time History Lesson Too

Awesome Must See For Whole Family. Very good learning experience beautiful outbuildings too.Awesome.

Review collected in partnership with Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Saint Anne, Illinois

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Saint Anne, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Awesome Must See For Whole Family. Very good learning experience beautiful outbuildings too.Awesome.

Review collected in partnership with Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Arrived in Beckley and looking for something fun and educational to do. Went and took a guided tour of a mine shaft. Learned about the hard working men who worked the coal mines and what life was like for them. Definitely a worthwhile trip for a family with young children.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Our 6 year old daughter was feeling a little nervous about going in the mine. So, I asked our guide if he could explain what was going to happen. He went above and beyond by taking her up to the driver's area of the "train" and told her we could get out after the first stop if she was too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

this was a family outing while we were in the area visiting family. I feel like it was a little pricy but enjoyed the tour in the mine. The grounds are well kept and the guide was well informed.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Going inside a real active mine, this is polised. Still very educational and you walk away with an appreciation for those who do this for a living.

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This was once a real working mine. There are buildings on the property to tour and the mine tour which is about 40 minutes. It is worth the time and cost to learn about the area and what miners had to go through around the turn of the century

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Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Museum was interesting and the tour of the mine was informative It was special having a guide who was a retired miner Miners had a tough life

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La Porte, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Marvin the tour guide was the best. He know what he is talking about, has a little bit of humor too. Enjoyed the museum as well.

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durham, nc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent exhibit of a reconstructed coal mining village and a trip into an actual mine. Wear a jacket.

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Danville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Museum, reconstruction of a coal mining town, and a ride underground to a real coal mine. Tour guide was nice, knowlegable and fun to be around. We had fun and learned a lot in the process. Definately somewhere to take the family to.

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Additional Information about Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

Address: Address: 513 Ewart Ave., Beckley, WV 25801
Phone Number: 304-256-1747
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Beckley
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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