Kentucky Coal Mining Museum

Useful Information

Location: Central Benham opposite the Inn.
Open: All year Mon-Sat 10-17, Sun 13-16.
Fee: Adults USD 5, Children USD 2, Seniors USD 4.
Classification: MineCoal Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, 231 Main St., Benham, KY 40807, Tel: +1-606-848-1530. E-mail: contact
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The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is a informative museum with exhibits on the history of mining and the life of the coal miner. This includes artifacts, antiques, photographs, and machinery. It is a good starting point for any excursion into the mining history of Kentucky and the Coal Heritage Trail in Central Appalachia. The museum is located in the old commissary built by International Harvester in the 1920s. The mine has a so-called mock mine, which means a mine replica, so although there is no real mine it possible to make a short underground visit to a coal mine.