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the history of mining
from those who lived it

The Watts Museum’s current exhibit features the work of George Pickow, a prominent twentieth-century photographer and filmmaker. 

Taken in 1948, these images of Appalachian mining towns reveal Pickow's perspective on mid-century coal camp life. Throughout the exhibit, Pickow's point of view is supplemented by the perspectives of two other groups—the U.S. government and coal camp residents. Presenting these three points of view side-by-side will help visitors to think critically about the multiple realities of living and working in Appalachia’s coal communities.

Housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, the Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of West Virginia’s mineral resources and related industries.


    • Directions

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    • Parking

    • Parking permits are available for visitors of the Watts Museum. Please call 304.293.4609 in advance of your visit to reserve a parking permit for your vehicle. Permits are not needed on Saturdays. Visitors may also park in the Coliseum parking lot (no permit necessary) and take the shuttle or walk to the Mineral Resources Building.

    • Hours

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 1pm – 4pm

      Call 304.293.4609 for an appointment

      Closed in August for installation of new exhibit

    • *Please note that the Watts Museum is closed on WVU holidays.

      These holidays include: Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, WV Primary Election Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat during week of Thanksgiving, and the Saturday before Christmas through the Saturday after New Year's Day.