Caves and Mines

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum Beckley

Where is it at?

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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum
513 Ewart Ave
Tel: 304-256-1747


The complex also has a full servie campground and swimming close by.

Where are we going today?

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is SO much more than just...well, a coal mine! You have the Exhibition Coal Mine itself, as well as the Mine Museum, AND the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia!

This West Virginia attraction is SUPER popular with families, so why not join then!

The area itself is very pretty and fun for kids to explore. There are colorful flowers, picnic areas, and even a coal miner statue - and they deserve one, they went through a lot! (As you will find out!)

The Exhibition Coal Mine is the fun, underground part of the day. You can ride through the dark passages of a real vintage coal mine. Can you imagine what it would have been like to actually work in the mines? The guides themselves are veteran miners, so you can ask them! It also means that you can find out everything you want to know about being a coal miner, and you know it's true because you're asking a real live coal miner!

They can offer you first hand stories of the daily responsibilities, and also how coal mining has changed over the years.

As well as the mine, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine as the interesting Mine Museum, as well as a period coal camp that is located through the grounds. The restored buildings, from the church to the school, give families a real representation of an early 20th century coal camp life.

And finally, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is an all year round experience, with three interactive exhibits in the central areas. If you're in a group tour, you can visit the planetarium too! 

Behind that there is the Mountain Homestead (yes - there's more!) which tells kids ALL about the story of the pioneer settlers in West Virginia. You can experience what it would have been like to live back then, with their school room, barn, general store and event moonshine still!

History, educational, and underground fun at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20.00. Ground ticket only $10.
  • Children$12.00 (Ages 4 to 17)
  • Free Under: 4 years

When can we go?

Summer: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm / Winter: 10am - 5pm Tues - Sat.

Year round. Coal mine April to Nov.

Teachers corner

The Youth Museum’s planetarium programs include information on seasonal constellations, planets, special celestial events and mythology. Great for kids. .

I'm Hungry!

They sell delicious homemade fudge in eight wonderful flavors. There are also vending machines for snack and drinks.

Any Top Tips?

Always bring a jacket because it is around 56 degrees underground all the time..

Need a little extra help?

The museum happily welcome visitors with disabilities! Just let them know in advance if you or anyone in your party requires special accommodations! .

Baby Facilities

There are baby changing stations for you!.

Can I get one of those?

Both the Coal Mine and the Youth Museum have gift shops offering unique coal figurines, homemade fudge, traditional and educational toys, local crafts, and books. Get that pocket money out there! .

More information

The admission price includes the tour, homestead, and.

What people are saying?

  • "awsome for moms dads and kids"

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    there is a great history to the coal mines for the kids and its super fun to ride the train i love it there there is a park and pool with an exciting water slide across the rode and a camp ground near by , you'll love don't hesitate to go!!!

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