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Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

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Address: 2846 State Highway 14 N, Madrid, NM 87010-9746
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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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More like a junk shop than a museum

This more like someones personal collection of stuff than a museum. It is worth a trip to see the mining equipment and read about how the town came about. It is kind of run down... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2016
Mitch M
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Colleyville, Texas

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Colleyville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2016

This more like someones personal collection of stuff than a museum. It is worth a trip to see the mining equipment and read about how the town came about. It is kind of run down but still worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 11, 2016

Loved the museum. It was a great father/daughter experience at a time when we were in NM for a funeral of my dad's brother's wife, my Aunt Priscilla. Dad and I took a little time away to spend some time bonding. Last time we got to do that before he passed away in 2009 from melanoma

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Thank Leigh T
New City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

This is almost like an abandoned museum. You have to go through the restaurant to get in and then thru a stage door to find the small museum. Apparently the state came in and made them close off part of it as unsafe and the remaining exhibits seem to have been forgotten. But what is there is an interesting mixture... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern and decided to go through the museum. They have alot of interesting artifacts and old pictures. However don't expect much, it's very run down.

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Thank DeeLange29
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2016

Like going back in time. Personal tour through a town that was a thriving mining town, then a ghost town, then a hippie community and now a growing artist community. Lots of old memorobilia in the hotel.

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Thank Charlotte M
Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

Traveling from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and points North, happened to pass though this old coal town. They used to mine coal for the railroad here. This place seemed to be popular with a number or restaurants and bars. It appears to be a fun place. It is not on the Interstate.

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Thank Douglas M
Newport, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Some great historical exhibits, although everything is pretty run down. Locomotive is nice and the biggest reason to visit. Surprised that some of the staff acted like they really didn't want us there if we weren't eating/drinking. The museum is attached to a bar and that is obviously the main focus of the business.

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Thank jterry618
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to visit and learn some history. Fun day with our parents. You can then walk the shops and eat at the fabulous restaurant.

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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

A funky eclectic little museum in a artist's community that is connected to a bar/restaurant . I found that One of the buildings has a community of bats living on the ceiling which was very interesting to me . We weren't offered a tour (like the people who checked in after us) and weren't given much info , however we... More 

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Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

If you like historical things, this is very interesting. There are items from the mine and great old photos of the town.

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