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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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Worth every penny!

This place is a treasure! We loved our experience at the Coal Mine. The mine tour was super... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
danaestone
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Conroe, Texas
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Marvin

Our tour guide was awesome!!! This is a must do if your in Beckley!! Imagine what our ancestors did... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
fraze6474
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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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 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 5 days 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 5 days 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

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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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit exceeded our expectations from getting our tickets in the Gift Shop by a friendly representative with a great attitude that explained a lot about the mine and area, to the underground mine tour narrated by a 38 year mine veteran. This was an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights of my family vacation. I could go on and on about this place and still wouldn’t have enough time to explain how much we all as a family enjoyed this experience. There are plenty of things to do on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my husband and 12 yr old. We all liked the tour of the coal mine. Being a coal miners granddaughter, it was interesting to see just what my grandfather and father-in-law endured to put food on the table. Tour guide was informative...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neat little exhibition. Learned something and it was a great break from the rain. Also it was nice to go into the mine and get cooled off.

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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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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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