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Quick facts about the KY Coal Museum


5,011 people visited the Museum in 2011.

3,731 people visited Portal 31 in 2011

Visitors from all 50 states have toured the Museum and Portal in addition to people from Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Namibia, Nova Scotia, Philippines, Porte Rico, Slovakia, Sweden, Wales
The Museum and Portal have been featured in more than 55 state and national publications including SOUTHERN LIVING, THE VOICE, KENTUCKY MONTHLY, KENTUCKY LIVING, MOTOR TREND, BLUERIDGE COUNTRY, ROAD AND TRAVEL, OUTSIDE, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, MOTOR HOME, GO MAGAZINE, ODYSSEY, ENGINEER, NEW YORK TIMES, THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, THE STAR PHOENIX, GROUP TRAVEL LEADER, KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL, DETROIT FREE PRESS, GRIT, HOOSIER TIMES, THE SUN of Baltimore, MD, THE VANCOVER SUN, NATIONAL JEWISH NEWS, and many others.

The attractions have been recognized as recipients of the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce History Award, Harlan County People s Choice Award and the The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Kentucky s Grand Conceptor Award and the Top 3 Award by ACEC for excellence in engineering on the national level.

Students from 50 Kentucky counties, representing more than 100 schools have taken part in field trips to the Portal and Museum