Street Address
78 Miller's Creek Road
Van Lear, KY 41265
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 369
Van Lear, KY 41265
phone: 606-789-8540
Please call ahead to schedule tours!
General Admission: $5
Children under 5: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Debra B. Music, President
phone: 606-789-8540
Tina S. Webb, Director / Vice President
phone: 606-789-8540
Glenna L. Music, Treasurer
phone: 606-789-8540


Our society maintains a large collection of mining and community artifacts. We are constantly adding more to our exhibits, so even if you were to come to our museum year after year, you should still see something new.

Also, we hold the Annual Van Lear Town Celebration, during the first Friday / Saturday weekend in August. This is a time for all of Van Lear's citizens and former citizens to celebrate our heritage. The Annual Celebration usually includes: a car show, free music shows, a parade, concessions, special exhibits and more.' Museum.History='The Van Lear Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The owns and operates the Coal Miners' Museum in the former location of the Headquarters of the Miller's Creek Division of the Consolidation Coal Company. This building was donated to the Van Lear Historical Society by Citizen's National Bank of Paintsville, KY. The group also owns and operates Rucker Park, a community park and playground named in honor of longtime Van Lear resident, Russell "Bill" Rucker.

Artifacts Collections

The Coal Miners' Museum has a large collection of artifacts that relate to the history of mining and the one time "company owned" town of Van Lear.

Research Collections

We have a library in the museum building. The O.W.and Carrie "Cecil" Harris Memorial Library contains a number of books on all topics. Special historical books and regional histories are amoung the volumes held in the collection. Members may borrow some books and the general public is welcome to use the library resources within the facility.

Educational Programs

Our museum offers special group rates for school groups. In the past we have offered programs on water quality and local heritage.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes


Newsletter called "The Bankmule" is a quarterly publication.

  • Our Newsletter "The Bankmule" is a quarterly paper mailed to our members and is for sale to the public. $2.50 per issue.


Is Wheelchair accessible on 2 floors, the 3rd floor can only be reached by stairs.

Wheelchair Accessible




Icky's Store

If you are looking for souvenirs that you may have missed at the Annual Van Lear Town Celebration, then you have come to the right place. Here's where you can find that shirt or cap that you promised Uncle Joe and forgot to pick up. Take your time and look around and when you're ready, just register your account and start shopping. Have fun and tell your friends about Icky's store.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Group Tours