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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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When in coal country, you must visit at least one mine

Heralded by my West Virginia travel guide as the number one coal mine to visit when visiting just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stijn-traveler
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Waregem, Belgium
A very interesting stop on a lovely day

As part of a tour group, this attraction stop was prearranged...and well-worth our time. The man... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Ann S
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Orange Park, Florida
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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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heralded by my West Virginia travel guide as the number one coal mine to visit when visiting just one in the state, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine didn't entirely live up to my expectations, which may just have been a tad too high. That's not...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

We had been meaning to stop here for a long time and had the chance Thanksgiving weekend. Outside was decorated with Christmas lights but it was closed. Hours on doors indicated that it is open from April 1 to November 1. A couple of other...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Leslie B, General Manager at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I am very sorry that you made the effort to visit and we weren’t open. The weather is often so unpredictable during the winter months that we made the decision years ago to be close November – March. Our seasonal hours are posted on our...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018

As part of a tour group, this attraction stop was prearranged...and well-worth our time. The man who gave our mine tour was very intesting and informative and it was an added attraction to hear his added bits of information from his personal experiences. Our tour...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The place offers a trip down into to mine, learn how it was done " back in the day" & how they do it now. Once back up top , walk around the miners camp & see how they lived. There is much to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Never not ever did we expect to visit a coal mine! While looking for ways to spend the day while visiting nearby Pearisburg VA, we found the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine during a GOOGLE search. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed traveling back into time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great to spend an afternoon here. The mine trip is only about 30 minutes long, but well worth the cost. Our guide was Marvin, a retired miner with lots of stories to tell. The Coal Camp town was very interesting and some of the buildings...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Our research of Beckley suggested the coal mine tour as something entertaining to do. The tour takes you into a long out of production coal mine on a small track cart. Our guide Terry used to be a coal miner so having his first hand...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

This was such a good thing to do and to learn a little about coal mining. The exhibits are fascinating but the ride into the mine was the best. Our former coal miner guide was brilliant - not so much slick as totally genuine. I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We like to learn about local culture when we go new places, and being from the midwest knew little about coal mining. The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is a complex consisting of a small museum, examples of "company town" buildings with informative docents, a log...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

This museum was a stop during our West Virginia trip. What made it so great was a trip down into a mine. It was a chance to experience the life in a coal mining town. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour guide was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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lenire1127
May 19, 2018|
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Response from J8896YQlauries | Reviewed this property |
I don’t recall a “pet friendly” statement on their admissions board.
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M S
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Tyaskin | Reviewed this property |
You can just go. On a busy holiday weekend you might have to wait 30 minutes for the underground tour, but most times there is no wait. I'd get there at least 1 hour prior to closing if you want the tour.
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joelupdike
March 24, 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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