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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum

Benham, KY
+1 606-848-1530
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Not Very Informative

I have been to many small museums around the country. This was the least informative. I would... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Robert C
Reading, Pennsylvania
Preserving Heritage

This museum contains four stories of American Coal Mining history including a basement level that... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Eric R
Eastern, 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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rich history” (2 reviews)
“portal” (13 reviews)
“artifacts” (6 reviews)
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Benham, KY
+1 606-848-1530
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

I have been to many small museums around the country. This was the least informative. I would have liked to know more about coal mining life both in and out side of the mines. There were many tools on display without any explanation about what...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This museum contains four stories of American Coal Mining history including a basement level that is set up like a mine shaft that you have to crawl into! There are educational and moving displays, a friendly staff, and souvenirs. They also work closely with the...More

Thank Eric R
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 5 July 2016

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

1  Thank ladyfromthewoods
Reviewed 12 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 15 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 18 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 3 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 22 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
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