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Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State

The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.

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Featured Museum


      This month’s featured member museum is the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Located in Matewan, WV this museum aims to preserve and share the legacy of mining in West Virginia with the public. The museum is housed in a building with the bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shoot out which took place on May 19, 1920. The museum holds the largest collections of mining related artifacts, which occur in many forms. The museum attributes its success to Mr. Kenny King, whose artifacts are now key components in the museum collection. Exhibits include information on coal cap life, various strikes, marches, and conflicts.

     The history of unions is often intermingled with West Virginia Coal History, and this museum helps to tell that story to the public. The WV Mine Wars Museum is also known for its community involvement and continued investment in the communities it represents. Currently the museum in conjunction with the community, is preparing events for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Bair Mountain which will take place August 25, 2021.

     The museum is open Friday and Saturdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm through the Spring and Summer. Guests are requested to contribute a $5 donation. Visit the museum website here: https://www.wvminewars.com/visitor-info



Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?  Join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on July 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why 400 museums participate in the program. Find more information on how to attend the informational webinar on the IMLS website.