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Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia  

509 Ewart Ave.
P.O. Box 2514
Beckley, WV

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You are invited to a very
Special Christmas Event
Sensory Friendly Santa Pictures
by Steve Brightwelll Photography
December 6, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 
$5.00 per child

Bring your child to have a personal one-on-one
opportunity to visit with Santa and have their picture made.
Also visit the hands-on exhibition "Centuries of Childhood".

One 5 x 7 photo is included with admission. Other photo packages available.
Presented in conjunction with

"Down with That" 
Down Syndrome Family Support Group of Southern West Virginia 




Coal Town Xmas

Come and take a nostalgic trip into a Christmas past at          The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
and the
Youth Museum's annual 

"Appalachian Coal Town Christmas"

Horse and wagon rides, marshmallow roast, caroling, special underground tours, Centuries of Childood exhibit, special planetarium presentations and a Christmas craft.

December 5 and 6

5:00 - 9:00 pm

$10 per adult   $5 per child

 November 24 - December 31, 2014
The Youth Museum opens its newest exhibit  -
Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

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In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals,
and perfects his magical abilities.

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

The small six panel exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

The exhibition is on loan to the Youth Museum from
the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.