(Nov – Feb)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
10 am. To 2 pm.
Admission always FREE
Museum tours available by appointment
Please text 833.228.8603, or email to schedule a visit.
121 S Macoupin St Gillespie, IL 62033
Many of the displays and exhibits have been enhanced.
Click here to take a virtual tour
We have no more room to fully display the Coal Country 'Topside Story'. We will be adding a user friendly touchscreen monitor to allow visitors access to all of the growth and events that define our communities.
Try out the protype
The essence of the coal mining industry and the worldwide ascendance of organized labor are packaged into a self guided tour through Macoupin County, Illinois.
Click here to preview the Coal Labor Union Heritage Trail
The Macoupin County CEO Class of 2023 visited the museum for a tour. The concept of history as a product to be marketed the same as a for profit business was introduced.
Beginning January 2022, UMWA Local 1613 members led by President Scott Thomas have been building exhibits and displays featuring Coal Country coal mining in the modern era. Their stories and memorabilia document mining history after the 'Coal Boom' years, leaving their legacy for future generations.
The museum façade enhancement, funded by IDNR, has been completed! A 'must see' - plenty of photo - ops