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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: 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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Interesting Place To Visit While in Beckley!

Enjoyed going down into the ground to see the way coal mining use to be!! Our guide a retired miner was excellent with his personal stories!! Museum had many interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dr Tim T
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Sarasota, Florida

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed going down into the ground to see the way coal mining use to be!! Our guide a retired miner was excellent with his personal stories!! Museum had many interesting displays. Grounds well kept -- with historical buildings!!

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Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been wanting to take this tour for years. My husband and I have been coming or driving through the Beckley, West Virginia area and never stopped. The mine tour was amazing and so informative. You board a car that takes you into the mine. It's cool, so take a light jacket or sweatshirt. The tour takes 35 minutes.... More 

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Shirley, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Larry was our guide and he was great. Interesting story about mining since his dad did it and so did he. There was a children's museum on site but we didn't go since we had no kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This exhibition provides an opportunity to visit a coal mine that operated at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to the mine itself, there is a museum with photos and objects, a restored coal camp for miners and their families, along with a children's museum with challenging games and science exhibits. Entrance to all the attractions is $20... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little exhibition tucked away in this town. I went with some friends and learned a lot about coal mining and what life was like for the workers. If you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend the mine tour but we all really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is an experience that'll live with us forever. The facility itself was very educational as to the way miners worked, lived, and gave us a deep appreciation for coal miners. Roger, our tour guide, was very enthusiastic, interactive, and knowledgeable since he was at one time employed by the mine. The gift store had items... More 

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Dublin, Ohio, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mine, museums, 8+ buildings from coal mines across WV including a superindent's house, school, church, miner's shanty, miner's family home, etc give an excellent overview of the life of miners and their families in a company town. The docents I met were family members of miners. They were personable and informative. The museum buildings were contemporary with well displayed... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coal mining tour authentic, going 100' into a former coal mine. Tour given by a former miner. Good guides in the coal mining buildings - school house and miner's cabin. Found in the AAA book on West Virginia. Good Senior discount. Friendly staff.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Roger was an awesome tour guide. Will definitely be back soon. Great atmosphere with a lot of laughs and fun.

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Westport, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got the the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and was greeted by Larry. He was our guid through the tour. He was very informative and interactive with his tour group. He explained every question everyone had pertaining to the mining proses and safety procedures. Larry was even able to explain a few myths to the past mining procedures.

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