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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, Benham

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The Kentucky Coal Museum is heritage center located in Benham, Kentucky. Its focus is the history of the coal industry in Eastern Kentucky, featuring specific exhibits on the company towns of Benham and neighboring Lynch. It is housed in a former company store that was built by International Harvester in 1923. In June 1990, the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce purchased the building for the future site of the museum. After receiving additional grants from the state of Kentucky, the museum opened in May 1994.
The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum features exhibits on a miner's home, a company hospital, commissary, and school; engineering, coal sampling, a mock mine tour and the Loretta Lynn "Coal Miner's Daughter" exhibit.
In 2009, the museum began to coordinate tours of the nearby Portal 31 Mine, which opened in 1917 in Lynch, Kentucky. The thirty-minute tour of the mine involves eight stops that chronologically depict a different era in coal mining, ranging from the 1910s to present-day. With our world travel planner, Benham attractions like Kentucky Coal Mining Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A great museum all about coal mining in the area. Four floors of exhibits of everyday life, life down in the mines, and a few songwriters and singers from the area. Lots and lots of information. We....  more
    A great museum all about coal mining in the area. Four floors of exhibits of everyday life, life down in the mines, and a few songwriters and singers from the area. Lots and lots of information. We....  more »
  • I’m not from Harlan County but in my time living here I have come to see how much mining and the history of mining is deeply woven into the fabric of this region. So I knew at some point I had to... 
    I’m not from Harlan County but in my time living here I have come to see how much mining and the history of mining is deeply woven into the fabric of this region. So I knew at some point I had to...  more »
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  • It's interesting and informative. Nothing big nothing fancy but really good and nice.
  • This great museum had several floors of multitude of artifacts and items thoughtfully grouped and arranged. It's worth a visit!

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