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Address: 2846 Hwy 14, Madrid, NM
Phone Number: 505 438-3780
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The Madrid Old Coal Town Museum is being...

The Madrid Old Coal Town Museum is being "Resurrected"...beginning in April 2012 with new exhibits & stories of the past in Madrid. Madrid has an amazing and unique history, for a little town that was discoved because of its coal, with connections to the Manhattan Project and John. D. Rockerfeller. New exhibits include the Madrid "Town of Lights" - which inspired Walt Disney, The Madrid Miners Baseball Team with interesting connections to the Chicago White Sox, A Ghost Town exhibit, The Madrid ballpark (the first lighted ballpark in New Mexico) and the Film & Movie Exhibit and more!

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Interesting collection of Madrid’s Past

Madrid is an old coal mining ghost town that has been somewhat restored by artists moving in. It now has a few eating places and lots of little artists galleries and shops along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
WorldTravelers25
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San Diego
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Salem, Oregon
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Always interested in old mining and ghost town...but Madrid is a flourishing little town, with a tavern, gift shops up and down the main road, and wonderful views of the old mines. WILD HOGS was filmed there, and the diner built for the movie still stands. The people are friendly, the antique store is a lot of fun. Be advised,... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I had a friend from out of town and we decided to go see Madrid. While there my daughter wanted to visit with the museum. The lady that gave us the tour was very informative and it was very interesting to hear about all the history this small town has to offer. I would visit again and allow myself some... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

First off, you'll want to talk to Lou or one of the bartenders that have knowledge about the town and museum. Take your time poking around the museum, step onto the old train and pull the cord to ring the bell, and appreciate the very cool theater, which hosts regular performances.

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San Diego
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Madrid is an old coal mining ghost town that has been somewhat restored by artists moving in. It now has a few eating places and lots of little artists galleries and shops along main street. The side streets are pretty much off limits to tourists. The museum’s admission costs $5 (obtain your ticket at the Mine Shaft Tavern outside bar)... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

I always enjoy a trip to Madrid when I visit Albuquerque. It is in the mountains above Albuquerque. One will find lots of little, unique stores. Nice change of pace.

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Thank joydoesski
California
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61 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Lots of old mining junk around. Old steam engine train, rotting model Ts. Very little effort has been put in - it looks like it's just an opportunity to view these items where they landed when the mining town dried up. Not worth $5.00. Have a drink or burger on the deck, though. They had good pub food and a... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

There is a lot of old interesting stuff here...also learned about the towns history of christmas decorating.....

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This little museum gives visitors an up-close view of Madrid in its hey day. Our guide Lynn told stories that left us wanting more. The old photos and video of the town's history could make great souvenirs if there was a gift shop. My six year old son loved that he could board the old steam locomotive and ring the... More 

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Thank Karina R
Clinton, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

I loved the history and artifacts showing the history of Madrid. The staff at the museum gives you a large amount of freedom, making you feel comfortable. This museum deserves more attention.

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Clifton Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Madrid, a former mining town, is now, for most people, a place to shop and eat. But if you'd like to take a look into the history of the town, the Museum is a great stop. Admittedly it is a collection of stuff, but it's authentic and interesting stuff. To see it, you need to go into the tavern and... More 

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