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Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

2846 Hwy 14, Madrid, NM
505 438-3780
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Madrid
Type: Specialty Museums, Mines, Museums, History Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Ok, so I'm thinking most of these reviews are done by reviewers who have not visited this place in awhile... In short, if surfaces covered in mouse droppings and dust, bottles hanging around filled with stale beer and old cigarette butts, Christmas decorations still hanging (In May 2014) sounds appealing to you, stop here. Sadly, the place has been neglected... More

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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63 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Madrid Old Coal Town Museum was what you would expect of a small town museum. Not a whole lot but interesting and fun in it's own way. We didn't have a guide or curator so we just ended up wandering around. It maybe took us 20 minutes to a half hour. We loved the theatre and the old cars.... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

A great museum to get the low down on how Madrid, NM came to be what it is today. The curator and guide is very knowledgeable and friendly. It is also a good place to start your visit to this eclectic village that has been brought back from ruin. Stop by the Mine Shaft Tavern for a cold beer and... More

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Washington, DC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I hadn't been to Madrid in a long time -- it was pretty fun. We started at the museum. It's $5 a person, and I thought it was worth it to get a nice overview by the museum director followed by several buildings and lots of interesting stuff. The Christmas exhibit was interesting -- my grandmother said her family used... More

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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Madrid is a very magical and eclectic town that embodies all that is New Mexico. Spend a lazy evening sipping a cold brew and listening to live music at the Mine Shaft Tavern and if you like chocolate cake with rasberry syrup drizzled over it try The Hollar for a great deal. I bet it's the largest slice of cake... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

As part of the "Turquoise Trail", south of Santa Fe, the town is a funky combination of galleries, restaurants and tourist chachkas. Getting there is part of the fun with desert vistas, and, if you come from the south, great mountain views. If you have more than a few days in Santa Fe, Madrid makes a nice side trip.

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Alvarado, Texas, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Took a drive up in the hills to Sante Fe from albq and made a pit stop at Madrid and it was a very pleasant experience. Evidently it was a backdropp for a movie WILD HOGGS with travolta. Didnt see movie seems to be a cult thing. I stumbled apon a coal mine which confused me because of the volcanic... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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118 reviews 118 reviews
63 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

It's kind of fun and doesn't take too much time. If you take this little drive up or down NM 14 there's plenty of time to spend some time in the little village of Madrid. However, I recommend a warm day cause you'll be out in it. Have a bite to eat at the local cafe.

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Albany, New York
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22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

It is ok and for tourists it might be interesting but there are other mining towns with more to see. It wasn't a waste of time though.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Don’t expect pretty exhibits here, but it is well worth a quick visit. Everything is pretty much the way it was left decades ago. The museum is spread out through several ramshackle buildings and includes a full train engine, mining equipment, a work shop, and the local theater which is still in use. There is also a dusty but interesting... More

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