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Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

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Address: 2846 State Highway 14 N, Madrid, NM 87010-9746
Phone Number: 15054383780
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The Madrid Old Coal Town Museum is a ongoing preservation project saving...

The Madrid Old Coal Town Museum is a ongoing preservation project saving it from its industrial and ghost town past. Most often we provide a brief tour by a local tour guide. After that you can walk around on your own through a few barn buildings and outside places. The exhibition is pretty much a collection of historical artifacts that have not been cleaned up or restored and have minimal descriptions. A video explains about the Christmas light tradition in the old days. The highlight of the museum is the Engine 769, with it's nose almost inside the Engine House Theatre. Please visit & support our effort to preserve a piece of history.

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Funky museum in a ghost town

Located on Madrid's main road, this museum shows what the mine looked like when it was active. It has educational posters and mining tools from almost a century ago. A little dark... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Marrakesh2012
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on Madrid's main road, this museum shows what the mine looked like when it was active. It has educational posters and mining tools from almost a century ago. A little dark and small, it is just OK. The location is nice though, surround by hippy-esh little shops with gorgeous but pricey ceramics and jewelry from the Southwest.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Our group was made up of family members - all young adults in their late 20s. We had an excellent meal at the Mine Shaft - try the green chili pepper appetizers if you like spicy and delicious. The town itself of colorful and interesting, lots of shops to visit and the people were friendly. Great afternoon.

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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Loved all the brightly painted little shops. There's so much to see and purchase. A shop keeper told us that after visiting Santa Fe and shopping for one of a kind art pieces, we'd come back to Madrid as their prices were so much more reasonable. She was right. We marveled at the beautiful custom made pieces of jewelry and... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

my husband and i visited the museum not expecting much from such a small town but were very surprised at the history we learned and how friendly everyone was there. we would definitely go back.

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Salem, Oregon
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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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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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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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California
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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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