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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.



The museum is now closed for the winter and
will reopen in March, 2016

While we are updating the exhibits and getting ready for a great 2016 season, it's not too early to Plan Your Trip, take a Virtual Tour, or check out our new Resources...

... and don't forget to include the WV Mine Wars Museum in your giving this year!

Since our opening in May, thousands of people have come from throughout the state and across the country to learn about the Mine Wars History. With your help, we will bring in thousands more next year, host "History in the Hills" events, and also take this history into the classrooms with our newly made, interactive coloring books and bandanas!

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