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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum

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Address: Benham, KY
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Visitors to this special-interest museum can see many aspects of coal...

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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Great view into the past...

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Stefan B
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 small gift shop on the main floor. I recommend the museum for classes and individuals... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles 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. I loved the mock coal mine in the basement. My husband enjoyed the tool displays,... More 

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Liberty, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

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

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1 Thank ladyfromthewoods
Duarte, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. This is a prime example of don't let the book cover keep you from reading... More 

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Smoky Mountain, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a mine is like. They have a small area set up as a mine replica... More 

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Corbin, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Calhoun, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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..... can't wait to see it.

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