Spanning 4 floors of exhibit space, the Museum houses a diverse collection of artifacts exploring the early years of industrial coal mining in Kentucky.

mine-32While visiting the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, you can see the floor plan of a typical underground coal mine. The display shows all aspects of a coal mine including the tipple and other mining activities.


Visitors can have their picture made outside the building next to the two-ton block of coal that was specially cut for the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum.

Kids will also enjoy climbing on the 1940’s model electric locomotive. It was used to haul miners inside the mine. You can see other heavy machinery used in mining the «black diamond.»

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum offers a complete picture of the lives that revolve around the coal industry. Visitors to the museum can view the process detailing the formation of coal by looking at several visuals and fossil displays. Next a narrated video describes the early coal mining days in Benham and Lynch.

Other displays include items from the company hospital, early mining tools, items from the commissary and the miner’s home, and a working scale model of a coal tipple. A photography collection documenting the history of Benham – mining accidents, new buildings, people, etc. -can also be seen.

The Loretta Lynn Exhibit The third floor of the museum is dedicated to the life of country music singer and Coal Miner’s Daughter Loretta Lynn.


The Lynn Exhibit includes portraits capturing the singer at various stages of her life in addition to many items from Mrs. Lynn’s personal collection.

Thousands of items have been collected detailing every segment of coal mining history. After a short trip to Portal 31 in nearby Lynch, you can enjoy a walking tour of one of the largest coal loading facilities in the world.