Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is excited to open today for its 60th season. What started out as just a short underground tour has evolved into a cultural journey back into early West Virginia mining history. Now visitors can tour the underground coal mine, as well as visit the restored buildings of the Coal Camp, the Rahall Company Store, and Museum, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, and the pioneer village, The Mountain Homestead. Listed on many travel websites as a destination not to be missed, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine hosts about 48,000 visitors a year. The Mine also just recently was listed as a USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice winner. The museum ranked #8 in the country above larger museums like the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Ark. Open 10 am to 5 pm, daily April 1 - November 1. Take a trip through what once was an operating coal mine. Veteran Miners guide you through the past and into the future of mining in West Virginia. Guests ride through the mine in a ‘man car’. Tours last 35 minutes. Wear a jacket – mine temperature is 58 degrees year round. In addition to the Coal Mine Tour, enjoy the Coal Camp, which includes a restored coal camp house, miner’s shanty, church, school and more. The Coal Mine also has a museum and gift shop.