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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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Grew up in Beckley. Every summer the multiple trips were amazing.You step back in time and realize... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jackie L
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Concord, North Carolina
Great experience and tour guide

Very informative experience. I gained a completely new perspective. Our tour guide, Don, was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
michaelgaleski
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Omaha, Nebraska
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Grew up in Beckley. Every summer the multiple trips were amazing.You step back in time and realize what the mine is really like.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very informative experience. I gained a completely new perspective. Our tour guide, Don, was incredible and brought the experience of a coal miner to life. Also Beatrice showed us around an old miner house and was a joy to speak to. We ended up singing...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Took tour through a coal mine by riding in a coal trsin made for hauling people. The small train was driven by Eddie who used to be a miner. His Dad had also been a miner. Eddie described how miners worked...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This coal mine in Beckley was remodeled for guided tours in the 1990s. It's a nece 30 minute tour which kids will get a bank out of. Those of us who are descendents of coal miners may find it to be so-so but a first...More

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to stop and see what it was like from a Coal miner's perspective. Informative and fun. There's a couple of added sites that are included with the tour.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Toured this coal mine while on a vacation to New River Gorge Bridge. What a fun tour! Our guide was a retired coal miner and could really give a true coal mining insider experience. We learned quite a lot about the history and hardships miners...More

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great tour. Retired miners conduct the underground tour. It was so interesting to see the carts the miners had to fill with coal and explain the extreme conditions they had to work in. It was also very interesting to hear how the...More

Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place opened my eyes. The coal mining community is quite unique and full of pride despite being owned by the corrupt coal company. The staff was kind and very informative. Wife and I enjoyed the underground tour and walking above ground and learning about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On this latest trip we decided to take the coal mine tour in Beckley. This is one place you need to visit. It takes you into a time and place that most are unaware of. To see firsthand the working conditions of coal miners give...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible to see what miners did and to learn the history of this particular mine. Getting aboard the vehicle miners did and riding into the actual mine was exhilarating. Afterwards seeing some of the living quarters was educational as well. I highly recommend taking the...More

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lenire1127
May 19, 2018|
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Response from LAURIE S | 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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