Exhibition Coal Mine – Beckley, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura

Exhibition Coal Mine

Beckley, West Virginia

An historic coal mine doubling as a museum and tourist attraction. 


The Exhibition Coal Mine is an apt name. A historic mine, visitors are invited to come learn about and tour the site.

For a small entry fee, automated rides through the mine are available, giving visitors a rare glimpse inside a traditional coal mine. Being able to see how the mine is constructed and laid out is an eye-opening experience, as the darkness and depth are beyond the expectations of even the most realistically-minded tourist. Coal mines no longer operate the way this one did, so not only is it a glimpse into a place many don’t get to go; it’s also a glimpse into a time that has long since passed.

If your visit leaves you longing for more, there’s another exhibition coal mine an hour away in Pocahontas, Virginia.

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