MATEWAN — The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum has been trying new hours to see what works best for visitors.
For the month of June, the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday each week. Suggested admission is $5 to $10 per person.
The museum reopened for its eighth season at the end of March.
“The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum proudly offers the largest exhibition of Mine Wars history anywhere in the United States, walking visitors through a proud working-class legacy with compelling, dynamic exhibitions of archival photos and videos, first-person accounts, rare artifacts and replicas and timelines placing the events of the Mine Wars era in a global context,” said Kirstyn Ooten, communications director for the museum.
The museum features exhibits from throughout the history of mine wars, including the Battle of Blair Mountain.
“For decades after the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the stories of the Mine Wars were left out of history books but shared around kitchen tables of miners and their families,” Ooten said. “The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum preserves and uplifts the voices of the people who lived these stories of sacrifice, violence and triumph. The museum opened in 2015, and many of the founders still play a large role in the museum today.”
The museum also offers group and special tours. Each year, visitors come from across the state and nation.
The museum features an array of permanent exhibitions, including Life in the Coal Camps, the Paint Creek & Cabin Creek Strikes, Bloody Mingo, the Battle of Blair Mountain and more. The museum also hosts a small art gallery featuring biannual, rotating exhibits. The gallery operates to showcase Appalachian art in connection with the historical museum exhibits of the Mine Wars.
The museum now finds its home inside the Cecil E. Roberts building, owned and operated by the local United Mine Workers of America chapter 1440.
To learn more about the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, visit www.wvminewars.org.