The museum’s core exhibition is “The Story of Mauch Chunk.” Knowledgeable guides discuss museum artifacts and lead visitors on a tour through the ages, beginning with the unique geological formation of coal in prehistoric times and through the events that created the present day town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. The lush, mountainous landscape inhabited by the Lenape Indians was forever changed by the discovery and mining of “black diamonds” (anthracite coal) by early European settlers and their subsequent scramble to build waterways and railroads to transport coal to the eastern seaboard cities. Determination and ingenuity gave rise to industrial marvels such as the unique Switchback Gravity Railroad while the settlement of Mauch Chunk grew and flourished in its Victorian golden age. Following a period of decline, the town of Mauch Chunk was renamed and revived as the town of Jim Thorpe—repository for the body of the great Native American Olympian. Struggle, prosperity, decline and revival; we invite visitors to experience the legacy, architecture, and natural beauty that is today’s Jim Thorpe.
Upcoming events at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center:
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.
Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center