Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum

Madrid Old Coal Town Museum
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Visit the Madrid Old Coal Town Museum - its a ongoing project to preserve and tell the stories of Madrid! A very rustic and walk through the 1890's mining building, see relics of Madrid's past & a video of Madrid's Famous Christmas times... that inspired Walt Disney! Visit our train and see many old trucks and relics abandoned during the ghost town years! Exhibits include the Madrid Miners Baseball, Ghost Town Years. Enter through the recently renovated Blacksmith shop, now the entrance and Mine Shaft Giftshop. Contact us via email for tours groups/packages for lunch. Mostly open Fri-Mon 10-4pm
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D Gibson
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Loved the photos and the train. the model of the town was really cool. and the bellows, they were awesome.
Written 23 October 2019
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Nancy A
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
There is not much here and everything was covered in dirt. Some things I understand but everything? The only interesting part was a guided tour by one of the original squatters from the 1970’s. She was one of a kind and very helpful. I didn’t learn much about coal mining however. Lunch at the saloon was good.
Written 5 October 2019
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SrgnFsh
Santa Fe, NM556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The museum was small, but informative and genuine. There were lots of different items and the woman who guided us was good. It was a surprise to hear that Walt Disney visited the town and modeled the Christmas display in Disneyland after Madrid!
Written 3 September 2019
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Kelly w
30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Not very well organized. $5 a person. Go to the $2 museum in Carrillos instead!! The train was neat, and we rang the bell.
Written 31 May 2019
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Dew
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
There are so many original items from the coal mines. Many photos of the town and old equipment to look at. It is a waljk back through time.
Written 24 May 2019
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SproutHunter S
Santa Fe, NM48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Didn't expect much and wound up astounded. So here goes...

Madrid was once a booming coal mining town. BOOMING! Walt Disney visited and the history contained inside shows why. Seriously, there may be some influence in Disneyland from this once busy, wealthy town.

Christmas time was significant to this family oriented coal mining town. With plenty of power, there was much to see and do, especially for kids. Only remains from the Christmas festivities still exist, but photos from the Christmas Past of Madrid are amazing. Don't want to give too much away but a Madrid Christmas would give our modern Christmas displays a run for their money. (They still do, by the way, only much less than before).

See not only old mining tools, carts, vehicles, and the increasing technology of the day used by the mine, but also the train engine. Ring the bell! A map inside shows the 4 miles of mining in the hills just beyond. The map is much like a city map - meaning this was a large, busy mine.

Relics from the 1800's include an old theater with wooden stage and comfortable seats. Picture vaudeville, then go see the real deal. Backstage, there is a wall that commemorates movies that were filmed, in part, in Madrid. The theater is still in use today.

Innovations from the industrial era are copious in this rustic time capsule that historians will love. Edison's Ediphone shows up. as do several other items, such as the 50 gallon drums fabricated into one-man train cars for traveling into the mines.

Other history from Madrid gathered inside will show that parades were common and the town hosted a trophy winning baseball team. Madrid went through a ghost town era and it shows in the deterioration of some of the relics. This ghost town history and the town's re-development only enhance what's so fascinating in this museum.

There's a small gift shop and the owner/hostess will benefit if you're a historian who may be able to identify some of the unique tools inside. While you won't find a website for this museum, a trip here is worthwhile, fun, and for history buffs, a must-see.
Written 4 May 2019
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paulaanddavid
Scottsdale, AZ78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Madrid has gotten really quite rundown since my last visit some time ago. Not quite as tourist friendly as I recalled. We looked forward to this museum but it is not open every day. Just on the weekends and perhaps Friday, so check if this is a spot you want to see. We were there on a Thursday and it was closed. Bummer.
Written 1 October 2018
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Kathy S
Rochester, NH191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We took my 6 yr old grandson because he loves trains. He got a kick out of being so close to the engine and being able to ring the bell. It was the highlight of his day.
Written 19 August 2018
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rsbusby1
Magnolia, TX8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Friends
Had a nice time walk through of the coal mining history. Lots of old equipment and tools. Nice video on Christmas history. The gal running it gave us a nice overview of their past before we started. The old locomotive was really neat. Free to go through. They do like donations though.
Written 29 July 2018
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lissacarlson
Albuquerque, NM14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We had a great time talking with the guide because she had lots of historical information about Madrid. The baseball team was especially interesting to me.
Written 9 April 2018
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