Coal Mine

PHMC’s Historic Sites and Museums to Remain Closed through April 30 as Part of COVID-19 Mitigation

Today, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) Executive Director Andrea Lowery announced that all of PHMC’s state-owned historic sites and museums will remain closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020, to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive
We are excited to unveil the LHS Covid-19 Archive project, a virtual ‘instant archive” for members of our community to record their thoughts and reactions to the pandemic. In an effort to document this historic moment, the Lackawanna Historical Society has prepared two online surveys, one for students and one for adults.


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Descend slowly into the earth in a mine car as you enter the old Slope #190.  Watch the sky slowly disappear. Soon you’ve reached “the foot”.  Then explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860.  Accompany a miner in the winding underground gangways and rock tunnel past three different veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and the dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used, and the heroic efforts involved, in deep mining’s history.

The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is open from April 1 through November 30 and is closed on Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day.  The box office opens at 10:00 AM. While waiting for your tour you can watch our introductory video about mining in our theater that is located in the interpretive center where the tickets for the tour are sold.

Phone numbers: 1-800-238-7245 and 1-570-963-6463 | Email: [email protected]

Just ask at the box office for the next available tour. The last tour leaves between 2:30 and 3:00 and you must arrive no later than 2:00 to be scheduled for the final tour of the day.  Coal Mine Brochure

Quick Facts
The temperature in the mine is 53° year round.  Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.  A light jacket can be borrowed for anyone who has not brought their own.
The descent down the slope takes 3-4 minutes. The walking portion of the tour is approximately a 1/2 mile and lasts one hour.
The mine is handicapped accessible with some restrictions.  A handout has been prepared for the hearing impaired who are not accompanied by an interpreter. Please call or e-mail for specific limitations on accessibility.


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