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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

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Address: 513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
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+1 304-256-1747
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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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Mining History at its Best

For those who don't have a clear understanding of the dangers and hardships that turn of the century coal miners faced on a daily basis, this is an experience you don't want to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Beckley, West Virginia
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Beckley, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

For those who don't have a clear understanding of the dangers and hardships that turn of the century coal miners faced on a daily basis, this is an experience you don't want to miss. Wear a light weight jacket because you will travel into an actual mine and it's a little chilly and damp. The guides are very knowledgeable and... More 

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Beckley, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here a lot. Great view of a coal mine experience. Actual housing reference also. The Youth museum great for kids.

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Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're interested in seeing a mine and hearing about how it was to work in one, it's an interesting experience.

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Jax, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check this out at least once! The museum is neat and offers fun activities for children. Touring the buildings was neat, but the best part is that a former coal miner takes you on a coal train into the old mine. S/he will tell you about the coal mining equipment, their lives, and can answer questions. It was fun, informative,... More 

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Rock Creek, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in the history of this area, this attraction is a must-see. There is a guided ride through an actual coal mine, a hands-on experience for the kids, a gift shop and a settler's village with local folks to tell you all about it. Good place to enjoy a sunny summer day.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great attraction: educational and interesting. They had a good museum documenting mining history in the area. We went through this before taking the mine tour which I found interesting. I'd only been in gold mines prior to this. They had a coal camp reconstructed on the site that also provided a lot of history. They had guides... More 

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Dayton, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The husband and I found this tour and museum to be very interesting. The group is taken into the mine, not too far, in a open tram/like cars to see staged areas where the miners worked. Our guide was very good and answered questions well. There are other buildings to see including a school house, miners shack, etc..You can see... More 

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Canaan Valley, West Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We wanted to visit this underground mine since the men from my mother's side of the family had all been miners in Pennsylvania back in the '20s and '30s and I had a fair idea of what it was all about. The underground tour was interesting and informative about what it was like before the era of mechanized mining. However,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were staying in the Twin Falls state park and enjoyed a trip to Beckley to visit the coal mines. Interesting trip and fun to go in the mine, I wish the tour was more informative. Our guide was very personable and funny, definitely open to answer questions but I did not know what to ask as... More 

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La Penita de Jaltemba, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Such a nice place to see real America and camp next to the site!! The people that run the place are real people from the area!!

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