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336 Mate St.
Matewan, WV 25678


The WV Mine Wars Museum preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. The museum is dedicated to educating the public about the events of the Mine Wars era, including the history of the United Mine Workers of America in the local area; the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913; the 1920 Matewan Massacre; and the 1921 Miners March leading to Battle of Blair Mountain. Finally, it aims to educate youth, promote heritage tourism, and foster local economic development.


History Gives

History gives. History connects families, honors heroes, teaches lessons, builds economies, fosters pride. When we opened the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, we dreamed that hundreds of people would join us to celebrate and honor our history by passing it on to the next generation. And last May, this dream came true.

Since then, thousands of visitors from across the state and throughout the country have come through the doors… and we’re just getting started!

Next year, with your help, this history will grow beyond the walls of the storefront and you can be a part of it. We hope to take Mine Wars History into classrooms with newly made coloring books and bandanas, to hit the road with our new Mobile Museum, to host “History in the Hills” events--and so much more!

You can make these new dreams possible this holiday season. Please give the gift of history and make your tax-deductible donation to the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum today! 

A lot has been written and said about the mine wars, but it has usually been somebody else’s interpretation of the story. This is the first time that our people are in charge of the narrative, our own history.
— Board Member Wilma Steele