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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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Great place!

We enjoyed the tour of the coal mine. I was a little afraid I might panic once we got inside the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim P
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Plumtree, North Carolina, United States
A History Lesson Everyone Should Take

Years of traveling up and down Interstate 77 through West Virginia and sailing past Beckley WV... read more

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RDLBRGR
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Logan, Ohio
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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

We enjoyed the tour of the coal mine. I was a little afraid I might panic once we got inside the mine, but it wasn't bad. Our tour guide, Michael, stopped once we were a little way into the mine to make sure everyone was...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Years of traveling up and down Interstate 77 through West Virginia and sailing past Beckley WV, I’ve seen the signs for this place. I had never given it a second thought because I figured it was a single room with a couple of headlamps and...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The underground mine tour was so interesting. It's really hard to imagine what is was like for those men working in the mines, the awful conditions, and what they and their families endured. Learned so much.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

That old song "Sixteen Ton's" by Tennessee Ernie Ford has new meaning when you tour this place. It is really well done by the City of Beckly WV. They have many artifacts from the mine in the museum, the mine tour itself was extremely interesting....More

Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I took my nephew here when he came for a visit to WV. He had no idea what it was like to be or work in a coal mine. NOT a job for him.....

Thank Shannon H
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is a treasure! We loved our experience at the Coal Mine. The mine tour was super informative, our guide excellent. The buildings to tour were full of history and chances to learn. We loved being here! A must see place if you’re ever...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was awesome!!! This is a must do if your in Beckley!! Imagine what our ancestors did to survive! No really imagine!! We are all living the dream.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our first time visiting West Virginia and I'm very glad we took the time to visit this site. The highlight was the tour of the coal mine. We learned so much history from our guide. He was engaging, funny and really brought the...More

Thank S S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a little hidden gem that we found while searching trip advisor. Coming from Chicago we have a coal mine, but this was amazing and exceeded our expectations. Curt was a great tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and quirky good humor. He had...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the underground tour with some out of state relatives and they were very pleased with the mine and coal camp. I worked in the mining industry for 46 years, but this tour took me back to the way coal was mined in the...More

Thank Steve B
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lenire1127
20 May 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
5 May 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
25 March 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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