Admission & Tours

Admission

Adults (13 to 64): $8
Seniors (65+): $7
Youth (3 to 12): $6
Children (2 and under): Free
Guided Tours: additional $2 per person
Walk or Drive the Grounds: Free

Planning Your Visit

Eckley encompasses more than 50 major structures and more than 100 outbuildings concentrated around a mile-long main street. To fully experience our exhibit hall and historic village, we recommend allotting two to two-and-a-half hours – though many visitors find reasons to stay longer!

Building Access

Visitors are currently able to view the interiors of the Catholic church, a miners’ double house, and the Episcopal church on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We have erected plexiglass barriers that enable visitors to see inside the structures while still observing public health guidelines, and we hope to make more buildings available for viewing in the near future.

Please note: Not all buildings are handicap accessible.

Walking Tours

Guided tours of the village explore how real mining families worked, played, worshipped, and survived in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite communities. Our knowledgeable volunteers and staff, some of them former miners and descendants of miners, offer guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May through September. Tours last approximately one and a half hours and involve roughly one mile of walking. Staffing levels and weather can affect tour availability, so please contact us to plan your visit. Group tours for ten or more are available with advance reservation throughout the year. See below.

Tours have concluded for the 2021 season and will resume in Spring 2022.

Group Tours

Groups of 10 or more can schedule a private tour by making a reservation at least three weeks in advance. Tours can be given as a walking or from your tour bus.

With adequate notice, group tours can be tailored to specific curricular needs or group interests and designed to include any of the following: entrance into the exhibit hall, a 17-minute orientation video about the village and its history, a guided tour of the village, and access to several community buildings and homes. Guided tours last approximately one and a half hours. Admission for group tours is $9 per person. Call 570-636-2070 to make a reservation.

Field Trips

Eckley offers a unique learning experience for all ages, including K-12 and college students. The village gives children and young adults the opportunity to learn about the struggles and resilience of the working-class families who mined Pennsylvania’s coal fields from the early 1800s until the present. Themes include immigration and cultural diversity, subsistence farming and domestic life, industrialization and organized labor, and more.

School tours are available throughout the year but must be scheduled at least three weeks prior to the intended tour date. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be contingent upon staff availability. Large groups may be divided to provide the best experience possible.

If your group is unable to visit us for a tour, Eckley can come to you. Read more about our traveling trunk to learn how you can bring an anthracite patch town to your classroom or meeting place.