Season Opens At Exhibition Coal MineApril 6, 2021
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. Visitors come from all over. Usually, in the spring and fall, we have hundreds of school children that come on field trips and then during the summer months we see mostly tourists from out-of-state.”
In preparation for their opening, the Mine Gift Shop is fully stocked with a wonderful selection of coal figurines, t-shirts and sweatshirts, West Virginia crafts, freshly made fudge, and other unique souvenirs available in their gift shop.
The Youth Museum, which stays open year-round, is currently hosting the exhibition, Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails. There is so much to learn and so many hands-on components. The Main Gallery really looks like the train yard on Sodor Island, sound effects and all”.
Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails.as funded in part by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
The Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum are located in the New River Park. Hours are Tues. – Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
It’s always 58 degrees underground so a light jacket might be needed. For more information on rates and tours check the website at www.beckley.org and click on the Exhibition Coal Mine or the Youth Museum link or call 304-256-1747.