Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia
The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is an interactive way for children to learn about science and Appalachian history. The Youth Museum is an award-winning museum, and was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Museum Service Award in the year 2000.
Backstory and Context
After viewing inside of the museum, visitors can head outside behind the museum and tour the Mountain Homestead, a recreation of the Appalachian frontier. The Mountain Homestead features reconstructed buildings from 1840-1910, and is composed of the following: a weavers shed, a one-rooms school, a barn, a blacksmith shop, and a general store. Each building is complete with artifacts, and a trained interpreter to teach visitors about the significance of each building.
According to the beckley.org website, "In 2000, the Youth Museum was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Museum Service Award. The award was presented in Washington D.C. by President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton and was given in recognition of the Museum’s vital community outreach programs."
"Planetarium" Accessed August 7, 2017
"The Mountain Homestead" Accessed August 7, 2017
"The West Virginia Encyclopedia" Accessed August 7, 2017