The theme of the museum’s core exhibition is “The Story of Mauch Chunk”, which leads the visitors through the ages from the geological formation of coal in prehistoric times to the present.  It focuses on such topics as the Lenape Indians, the discovery and mining of “black diamonds” (anthracite coal), the settlement of Mauch Chunk, the scramble to build waterways and railroads to transport coal to eastern seaboard cities, the unique Switchback Gravity Railroad, Mauch Chunk in its industrial golden age, its decline and revival as the town of Mauch Chunk becomes today’s Jim Thorpe—repository for the body of the great native American Olympian.  The theme is struggle, prosperity, decline and revival; the legacy, the architectural and natural beauty that is today’s Jim Thorpe.



Upcoming events at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center:

The Victorian Ball
The 2017 Victorian Ball

The 2017 Victorian Ball

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

6pm to 11pm at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Live music, dimmed lights, laughter and the swish of silk and lace…
Welcome to The Victorian Ball in historic Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Enjoy an evening dedicated to past elegance where you’ll dance the night to waltzes and more, swanning around in ball gowns and tailcoats, sipping drinks, nibbling delicacies from the epicurean buffet and posing for photographs. 



Our Board of Directors, MCM board photo

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center





A few pages of interest on our local history

Visit Carbon County History & Genealogy for much more information.