No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum
Our mission is to preserve the rich anthracite mining heritage of Northeastern Pennsylvania for future generations.
Welcome to the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum, the Lansford, Pennsylvania museum that is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Anthracite coal region.
Operated by the Panther Creek Valley Foundation, this museum and mine tour offers guests an inside look at the daily lives of past mine workers from the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. It delves into the life and culture of the immigrants who migrated to this region for work. The mine was first opened in 1855, and expected to produce tens of thousands of tons of high-quality anthracite coal in just the first few years. It operated from 1855 to 1972, holding the title of the longest continuously operated deep anthracite coal mine in the world.
During a tour of the coal mine you will ride by rail 1600 feet into the mountain, then, take a 600 foot guided walking tour. You will be able to view the original 900-foot deep mine shaft, walk the mule way, and see a miner’s hospital that is cut into solid rock. Keep in mind that the mine itself is 50 degrees year-round, so you may want to pack a light jacket or sweatshirt for your visit.
Above ground, you will visit the museum, which is housed within the original 'Wash Shanty'. It holds the largest collection of mining artifacts in the area such as tools, blasting equipment, household goods, and more. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you go and pick up your souvenir carved coal, educational books, authentic miner's hats, and more. The site operates from April through November.
*It is important to note that while the museum onsite is ADA accessible, the mine itself is not.