After the pandemic derailed plans to stage a grand reopening of The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum on the 100th Anniversary of the Matewan Massacre in May, the new museum finally got its day Sept. 4, when officials formally held the grand reopening in the museum's new home — the Cecil E. Roberts Building at 401 Mate Street in Matewan. Director Mackenzie New Walker said the new location, just across the street from the former location, more than doubled the space and capacity for exhibits and artifacts. The new museum also has a built-in gallery for temporary exhibits of art and history that furthers the museum's mission of educating and preserving stories about the mine wars. Walker said plans also include the digitization of all artifacts which can be accessed online by individuals — both local and out-of-state — for research projects or to simply learn more about the history of labor. The museum will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through the end of the year. The suggested admission price is $5. To ensure public safety, only 10 people will be allowed in the museum at one time and proper facial coverings are required. For more information, call, (304) 923-4027, or email, email@example.com.
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