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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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something to do while passing through

Spending one night in Beckley on our way to Ohio. Looked for something to do between checking into... read more

Reviewed yesterday
PattiJ5
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Southport, North Carolina
Wonderful Learning experience

From the ride through the actual mine to the passionate guide that made learning about mining... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MzesDW
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St. Petersburg, 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 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 yesterday

Spending one night in Beckley on our way to Ohio. Looked for something to do between checking into hotel and going out to dinner. Saw the coal tour in a booklet. It was so interesting and very fun. You actually get to go into a...More

Thank PattiJ5
Reviewed 3 days ago

From the ride through the actual mine to the passionate guide that made learning about mining interesting and fun,to the buildings outfitted to show you of life in a mining town this was one of the highlights of my trip. You can spend as much...More

Thank MzesDW
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour through the mine was lead by a retired coal miner. He was very personable, funny, and it was great and unique opportunity to get a first-hand account of life in the mines. Aside from the ride through the mine itself, there is a...More

2  Thank Kelly91342
Leslie B, General Manager at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Kelly, We’re very sorry to hear that your underground tour wasn’t as pleasurable as it could have been. Uninterested children (and sometimes even adults) can certainly impact the tour for everyone. We always hope the children who visit can learn from and enjoy our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were amazed both by the muesums and the tour, and would recommend it to anyone passing by or travelling through West Virginia. This was an especially nice surprise for us all given that we didn't plan the visit, and the decision to stop by...More

1  Thank Gordey Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you plan on making this a full day of history make sure you do it after a meal or pack a meal, you'll want it half way through your day. The Coal Mine was fun, but make sure your little ones know what shh...More

Thank GM1Ret
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me start by saying this is a must see attraction. A real eye opener to how a coal miner lived and worked in the mines. Not only the mine tour but also the other buildings they had on site. This place gave me a...More

Thank Bruce L
Leslie B, General Manager at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We try very hard to make sure that every guest has an educational AND entertaining experience. Not many people know the true story of life in the Appalachian coal fields and it is our mission to make...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In this time of our lives we all need an eye opener of how some people survived. Or barely survived. The way these people had to work was just a pity. We don't realize how LUCKY we really are. The one lady at the check...More

2  Thank JoAnn16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent tour! I was a little skeptical on how the visit would be but it was great! I loved the underground tour guide (Marvin). I thought he done an excellent job telling about the mine & was a great example of a Southern WV Coal...More

1  Thank mismithwv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we planned our visit we were mainly expecting to visit the Youth Museum with our kids, but what we found was a 1/2 day experience including the coal mine tour, tour of the miner's village, tour of the settler's village and a unique experience...More

1  Thank Divanis328
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see. I had no idea of the conditions and sacrifices the early miner made. The staff and guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. Planning a return trip with ur grandson.

Thank Mike M
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samponton
How long does it take to go through the tour?
7 April 2016|
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Response from Dick H | Reviewed this property |
The mine tour is about 45 minutes. There are other exhibits to see...foreman's house, family house, single house, and museum.
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kathryn0926
Is it handicap accessible?
21 May 2015|
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Response from Travelhappy319 | Property representative |
Yes, The Mine Complex is handicap accessible except for the second floor of the Super's House.
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