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Old Coal Mine Museum Madrid

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Old Coal Mine Museum
2846 Highway 14
Madrid
NM
87010
Tel: 505 438-3780

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Located on the Turquoise Trail (State Highway 14) in Madrid, NM.

Where are we going today?

Old Coal Mine Museum is a fascinating "ghost town" museum in New Mexico, where kids can explore the history of the mine, as well as enjoy interactive fun on some of the exhibits!

Coal mining in the area began about 1835 in "Coal Gulch", which is now known as Madrid. The original tavern was established around 1895, but burnt down in 1944 and re-built, so the history starts before you walk in the door!

Once in the 1950s, Madrid then became known as a ghost town, after the mining community that started in 1890 shut down.

Want to hear something really scary too? The tavern that you can see is said to be one of the most haunted places in the city too! Glasses falling, doors opening, moving furniture...pretty scary huh!?

During your time at the Old Coal Mine Museum, you can actually walk through the Engine House Theatre with an actual train engine looking over the stage! You can even tour the buildings that were the center of the coal mining operations, and kids can actually climb onto Engine 769 and ring the bell!

There are plenty of old mining and company owned relics too.

A fascinating insight into a world gone by, and what better way for kids to learn about history than to actually visit!

Don't forget to say hi to the ghosts...BOO!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$3
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

11am - 4pm

All year round. Open most weekdays, and all weekends

I'm Hungry!

The tavern sells food, so there are plenty of options to enjoy before or after your visit! They are open for lunch and dinner, 11:30am - 8pm.

Healthy Eating!

They have healthy options on the menu for you to enjoy!.

Any Top Tips?

The museum is open weather permitting, so give them a call prior if you're unsure. .

Doing our bit

They are preserving this amazing part of New Mexico history. The exhibits and collections are lovingly restored and looked after, so families like you can learn from them!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call before you arrive to see how they can help, and how accessible they are .

More information

Email them for tours and more info. .

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    Excellent afternoon here. The underground tour was superb and our guide - 'grasshopper" was informative and amusing. There's a load more things to see and do above ground and yoh quite easily spend a good afternoon seeing everything on offer I will definitely be going again!

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    Review for cafe and softplay. Good facilities and lots of choice, hot and cold, in the cafe. Soft play big enough for an hour's fun and well priced.

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    What a fantastic day we had despite the rain, the displays were varried and interesting. The trip down the mine was a real eye opener and made all the better for having an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Thank you Ian Steele. This is well worth a visit.

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    Had a fabulous day, throughly enjoyed the underground tour, well worth the £3. The guide was very knowledgable and had a great rapport with the children. Had a snack at the restaurant which was very good value. Would highly recommend a visit here.

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What an excellent day out, even though it was pouring down with rain topside, down below it was all sunshine with our entertaining tour guide Paul Grace. We spent around 90 minutes below ground seeing for ourselves a history of coal mining in Britain from its 18c. beginnings to its almost-final demise. Do you know where the sayings 'keep your trap shut' and 'he's not worth a candle' come from? Pity we - along with some other visitors on our trip - had to go to the local garden centre for lunch. Get the cafe re-opened! Still scores 10 out of 10 though.

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