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“Musty Museum NOT a Must See”

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center
Ranked #13 of 26 things to do in Jim Thorpe
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

I thought we definitely should visit this museum first thing to get acquainted with the background of the town. It is located in a big old church amongst the houses on the very steep Broadway Street. There is no parking available. If you are a good hiker, you would have to park at the paid lot at the bottom of town and walk up. We drove up the steep road and finally found a spot along the curb where there is very limited parallel parking for all the residents along with some tourists I would imagine. VERY inconvenient. Also, surprising in 2017, that if you are disabled, wheelchair bound, have a walker, or stroller, or trouble walking this museum wouldn't be accessible, along with the other 2 'attractions' in this town which I found very unbelievable. The musty smell hits when you enter and walk down a small entrance. A very kind docent gentleman asked for our $10, $5 each adult and directed us to a very small room with some display cases of local items and a very outdated (1970's?) video playing with info on the town and how it came to be. This room was air conditioned. The rest of the museum was in one main room, was stuffy and warm. You walk around and look on your own. It was not the 'new and interactive' type of museum one finds in our current times. There were lots of plaques and things to really have to read for information, a nice model of the coal mining track that was explained in the video, displays on the time periods of the past, a small Jim Thorpe tribute but nothing earthshattering. Many of the displays were personal collections from various town members. We were directed to go upstairs to check out the 'grand ballroom'. We walked 2 sets of stairs to a very hot empty church room filled with stacked banquet chairs and tables (apparently it can be rented out for events). Nothing to see there, so back down we came. Restrooms are in the hallway. When we arrived there was one other couple there finishing up and then we were alone in the museum. I don't think it is a 'must see'. Although I can appreciate that they tried to preserve the history of the town in museum form, it appears to have been done many decades ago. I honestly can't recommended going through the hassle of parking, paying, and experiencing this museum. I think the info, exhibit displays and a new video should be updated and placed in the visitors center to be viewed for FREE.

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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

It's only $5 and it's chock full of memorabilia. The short video is a great overview of the area and a nice way to start a trip to Jim Thorpe. It smells like your great grandma's attic and I'm not sure it'd be good for someone with asthma. Fortunately there was only one other couple in there while we were there because it's also a small cramped space. I wouldn't want to be in there with a group of 20! Some of the exhibits have seen better days, but we could take our time and learned some interesting things about the town, the people and the surrounding area. I wouldn't go again, but I'd recommend it for first timers who like history.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Interesting place if you want to know more about the history of Jim Thorpe. There's a lot in there and the movie helped us to understand what we were seeing. It is old and probably hasn't been updated in the last decade, but it's inexpensive to see and very convenient to both the Jail and the Opera house.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Small friendly old fashioned museum. Docents eager to save Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe history which really enhanced our visit. A 20 minute video really sinks in the major details. A wise idea firstling upon arriving.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a nice non guided tour with a video explaining a lot of the history of the town. It's very inexpensive and the staff were more than helpful.

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