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“Loved learning about the town of Jim Thorpe”

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center
Ranked #12 of 25 things to do in Jim Thorpe
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Very interesting place to visit while in Jim Thorpe. Had no idea how the town received its name, and the articles and history was very enlightening.

Thank Pat H
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Not crazy about this excursion. We watched a 12 min DVD on on how this town was renamed Jim Thorpe. Several pics of Jim Thorpe himself. Some history on mining...I just wish it had more to offer.

Thank Diana C
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

For the coal-crackers tourist path, this is one spot to put on the list. If you want an idea for what Mauch Chunk is all about, I suggest checking this place out.

Thank Black S
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

It was easy to see the passion for preservation and history in the museum staff and exhibits. There is great pride in sharing this history.

Thank Louise D
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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asked for our $10, $5 each adult and directed us to a very small room with some display cases of local items and a very outdated (1970's?) video playing with info on the town and how it came to be.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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