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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum

Benham, KY
+1 606-848-1530
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Great view into the past...

The Coal Mining Museum shows the history of coal mining on 4 floors. In the basement you can see... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Stefan B
Dallas, Texas
via mobile
Loved All the History In this Museum Housed in the old Commissary

I had wanted to visit for a long time, and I so enjoyed the mining history contained in this... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2016
Paris, Kentucky
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Visitors to this special-interest museum can see many aspects of coal mining activities, including floor plans of typical underground mining operations.
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The Coal Mining Museum shows the history of coal mining on 4 floors. In the basement you can see actual equipment used. In addition there are pictures and explanations. In the top floor you can see how people have lived back then. There is a...More

Thank Stefan B
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I had wanted to visit for a long time, and I so enjoyed the mining history contained in this historic building. I grew up in Letcher Co. and knowing my Papaw worked in the Lynch coal mines made it very personal. I learned so much....More

1  Thank Sheree143
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Amazing collection. Not crowded at all. Lots of history. Loretta Lynn's dresses were so neat to see.

1  Thank ladyfromthewoods
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

This isva quaint museum but rich in detail and history. Loretta Lynn's exhibit includes a few gowns...one she made herself (see photos) The Cherokee story of the moon and the black couple who were friends in high school and ended up marrying later in life....More

1  Thank Sue B
Reviewed 14 May 2016

This 4 floor museum has great artificats starting in the early 1900's to present. See different areas set up such as a hospital, school, church, kitchen, ect. There are also many other artifacts throughout the years. Don't miss the basement as you can see what...More

Thank Krr1975
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Very interesting!! I have lived in KY all my life and have known many coal miners - this was such a neat way to see into their world! Portal 31 is a must see!!!

Thank hrtaylor23
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Info and artifacts from Harlan county's coal mining past. Also small exhibits about Loretta Lynn and the Justified TV show.

1  Thank 600CathyR
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

The museum was informative and explained the history of Kentucky coal mining from the early 1900's. The employees were friendly and willing to answer questions.

1  Thank 4Leisuretravelers
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

Spend several hours exploring the several floors of the museum. There are many stories about life in the company towns and the characters that lived there.

Thank annewnkf
Reviewed 2 July 2015

I love the Mining Museum it has a lot of the surrounding cities history, they have a mine that you can visit, lots of train an mining equipment. moon shine steal, they told us they were going to have a lot of Justified props also........More

1  Thank twistedtee84
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