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Pennsylvania's Anthracite Museums

Uncover the rich history of the Region that fueled
America's Industrial Revolution


Pennsylvania Coal Mining Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Museums form a unique system of sites and museums covering a seventy mile area in the heart of the hard coal mining region. The Museum of Anthracite Mining, formerly the Ashland Anthracite Museum, focuses on the mining and processing of anthracite. Eckley Miners’ Village tells the story of everyday life in mining towns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Anthracite Heritage Museum, previously named the Scranton Anthracite Museum, explores the social and cultural history of the people of the Region and the industries in which the worked. The Scranton Iron Furnaces remain as massive monuments to the iron industry of nineteenth century America.

By traveling through the Region, visitors will see scarred landscapes and active surface mines, meet the people who live and work here, explore their towns, and learn about their past.

The Museum of Anthracite Mining in Ashland is open Monday through Saturday 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and noon to 6 P.M. on Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. From Labor Day to Memorial Day the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday noon to 5 P.M.

The Pioneer Tunnel Mine Tour, operated by Ashland Community Enterprises, is located next to the Museum and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday ‘through Sunday, and on weekends in May and in September and October.

Eckley Miners’ Village is open Monday through Saturday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and from noon to 5 P.M. on Sunday. Daily guided walking tours of the village are available; at an additional charge, from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends until the end of October.

Visit their web site.

See pamphlet in PDF.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum at Scranton is open Monday through Saturday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and from noon to 5 P.M. on Sunday.

See pamphlet in PDF.

The Lackawanna Mine Tour, adjacent to the Museum, is operated by Lackawanna County and is open Wednesday through Sunday from May until October.

The Scranton Iron Furnaces grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset, and the visitors center Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. They are located in downtown Scranton near Steamtown and the Lackawanna Hilton.

All the sites and museums are closed on state holidays except Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. Admission fees are charged.

Map to the musuems. This file is in PDF.