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“Super attraction!”

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Beckley
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Super attraction!”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We came upon this attraction accident and I'm glad we did. It was so cool. You actually go into the mine. The guides have all worked in the mining industry so their first hand experience enhances the tour. We saw and read everything there was. Some of the site interpreters actually grew up in coal mining camps.
$20.00 entrance fee but discounts can lower this to $14.00 each. Well work the fee.
Next to the coal mine is an exhibit of buildings from the late 1800's from around West Va and relocate her. A must see!

Visited July 2014
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Beckley, West Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience for the kids”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

This helps the kids understand some of what coal mining is like. Nice relics in the and coal camp teaches what life was like in the coal camps of the past.

Visited August 2013
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Crystal River, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Definitely worth the stop!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

We enjoyed going through the entire facility. Loved seeing how the coal miner lived, seeing the church and schoolhouse and other buildings. Going inside the mine was a real treat. What a hard life for these men. Would definitely recommend to others visiting the area.

Visited June 2014
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“New appreciation for the coal miner and his family”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Take a step back in time and travel into a real coal mine. Our tour guide did a wonderful job engaging the children and adults while giving us a sense of what it was like in those days. Includes a walking tour to the buildings of the time. A few of the buildings have their own guide with a wealth of information. Can not imagine how tough they had it.

Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
469 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Coal Mine”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

This museum and mine is worth a stop. Very informative and interesting for the kids. A bit hard to find, but we did eventually.

Visited July 2013
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