If you have ever wondered what work is like for a coal miner then you should head to Tarentum's Toured Mine and Museum. Here you can be taken on a tour by an actual miner who is well acquainted with the work and history of miners in Philadelphia. Though the mine had been out of actual use for many decades a trip under the surface brings to life the realities of this line of work. The mine was set up in the 19th Century and there is information and exhibits exploring various mining methods and equipment that have been used since that time.
Things to Do
- The highlight of a trip here is the opportunity to head down into the actual mine. To prepare you will first have an introductory talk from one of the former miners working there. Then once you are ready you will climb into a real coal car and head a half mile along the tracks into the mine. The tour lasts around 30 minutes and includes live demonstrations.
- Once you are done underground be sure to check out the above ground museum. It has thousands of items and objects of historical interest which you can browse through and read about. There is a souvenir shop too!
Tour-ed Mine and Museum Insider Tips
- The Museum is located on the grounds of the thirteen acre Ira Woods Park where you can enjoy some lunch or play with your kids after a visit. There is a picnic pavilion provided and a stage which periodically showcases live music.
- The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.