Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton

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  • Beginning with the film about the history of mining, this museum was much different from those I have experienced in the past. There was a feeling of pride an honor but also sadness in this low tech m...  more »
  • There are two parts to the museum, the museum proper at the top of the hill, which we visited some months ago and found utterly fascinating in its exploration of the facts and social culture of mining...  more »
  • I came here after touring the Lackawanna Coal Mine thinking that it would not be much. It was far more than I expected. There is much to see here. If you visit the mine, visit here too.  more »
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  • A nice niche museum with very friendly staff and an old style charm. Start the tour by watching a history video on the coal industry (which is actually a VHS tape) and then tour three themed exhibits to learn about the coal mining industry. A nice way to spend an hour instead of hoping to get a spot on the coal mine tour.
  • The staff couldn't have been nicer. The facility was bright, open, and inviting. Room after room brought the early days of Scranton and its environs to life. For those who forgot, or never understood why unions exist, the Anthracite Museum is a great reminder. I remain so proud that I come from such people. Each display is informative and moving. One of the better moments visiting my home town with my family. On leaving, we spied a sharp-shinned hawk perched in a tree just down the road, adding to this wonderful experience.
  • I went in this museum with lower expectations and was positively surprised. Coal-mining was live and bread for the population in Scranton and surrounding areas. Here you learn about the history of immigrants coming there in hopes of a better live. Also of their struggles and how industrial revolution changed their lives. This museum is not to big nor to small and has a few of hands on exhibits. A nice flow through the open sections and you need no map to navigate. We learned something new and got great insides of people working around coal mining.
  • Great local museum. includes history of industrial revolution, immigration, the role of woman in WWII, awesome vintage machines and recreated rooms. definitely worth the visit!
  • I took my wife and kids here to learn about anthracite mining since my wife descends from anthracite miners. The museum has a lot of artifacts but it lacks a sense of continuity. Everything feels compartmentalized and displays are not connected to one another, so you basically learn about an aspect of coal mining or living in the coal region but not how it all fit together. We think they should reprogram the museum to follow events in people's lives, but that might be difficult due to the artifacts that they have on hand. Either way, it wasn't as captivating as we hoped and we are history buffs. Plus, the cost to get in was high for what it was.

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