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Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

2846 Hwy 14, Madrid, NM
505 438-3780
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Ranked #5 of 7 Attractions in Madrid
Type: History Museums, Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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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!
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132 reviews 132 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

SUMMATION: MAD’-rid with the emphasis, most appropriately, on “Mad.” Not much of a museum, but worth a visit if you are in the area. They have lots of junk. The rich history of Madrid deserves better. NAME: Old Coal Mine Museum TITLE: “Junkyard” [Tripadvisor, review #185, 22 November 2014] NEW MEXICO TRIP REVIEW NUMBER: 39 TELEPHONES: (505) 438-3780, 743-0743 WEB... More

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Ramona, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Not a large museum by any means - but if you like to really be able to look around up close, at your own pace, and see some of the history of the area - this was a really fun museum to spend some time at. The guide that got us started was very knowledgeable of the area and the... More

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Magnolia, Texas
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138 reviews 138 reviews
23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Wanted to see the town that was featured in Wild Hogs. Maggies Diner is a Tee Shirt Shop. Imagine my surprise when I walked in and there are literally HUNDREDS of t-shirts on the walls and on the tables that were once used for the movie. I asked why they didn't use it as a restaurant and was told it... More

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Chatham, Illinois
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242 reviews 242 reviews
44 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I can't believe we paid to see a bunch of stuff with no explanation at all. Basically just piles of junk.

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Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Not at all what I expected. The museum doesn't explain anything about working in a coal mine or how it was to live in a coal town. Just a collection of incoherent scrap. Next time I will spend my $5 on a cold beer next door.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
72 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
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
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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