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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

42 Birkley Street | Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
902-849-4522
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Mines
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Perth, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and visited Glace Bay Miners Museum on our way from Baddeck to Louisbourg. It was well worth the detour, giving us a new understanding of how difficult life was for the miners and in particular their struggle for decent wages and conditions of work. Our tour guide was a retired miner Abbie Michalik, who gave us a very... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Having come from a family of miners who worked the coal mines in Pennsylvania, this was a must stop visit for us. What a wonderful tour. I loved Abbie Michalik. He is an enjoyable man with 1st hand knowledge of what it was like to be a coal miner. Told with wonderful stories... He tells the stories in such a... More

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Delta, B.C.
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We are so happy we took a side trip to view this museum. The personal tour from retired miner "Abbie" brought incredible reality to this very important part of Canadian history. Some of the stories are difficult to hear, but helped us to understand how harsh this lifestyle was for the workers and their families. Don't miss this tour!

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Ontario
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were fortunate to be able to see the Men of the Deeps while passing through Sydney. They are a choir of working and retired miners who started up in 1966/67. They sing songs about mining that tell the story of the lives, history and hardships of miners in the Nova Scotia coal mines. Amazing, beautifully-voiced songs; some sentimental self-written... More

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Kentville, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

One of the highlights of our vacation! Really eye opening to hear the stories of the days of old. When we complain about our working conditions today, we really have no idea do we? Very eye opening for my husband, who is 6' 2", how difficult this job would have been. Our tour guide Abbie was wonderful, knowledgable- recalling memories... More

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Azle, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

And be sure to take the kids who are losing interest in school. We came upon this on a limited cruise stop at Sydney, Nova Scotia, at the suggestion of the Avis RAC clerk. They mined a lot of coal for 150 years here, and even hand dug their tunnels miles out under the ocean. The tour takes you with... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was an incredibly informative and moving experience. As the granddaughter of a Glace Bay coal miner, I was in awe learning about the very difficult working conditions that he would have endured during the decades he worked mining coal under the sea. Like many other miners, he succumbed to lung disease, and I hadn't heard the stories of the... More

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Chatham, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visiting the Coal Miners Museum in Glace Bay was one of the most moving experiences of our East Coast vacation. Be sure to do the underground mine tour which is led by a retired coal miner. We had Wishie Donovan as our guide and he was fabulous. You get to hear and experience what it was like to be a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We took the tour of the mine and had Sheldon, a former miner as our tour guide. With a knowledge that can only come from experience, he took us through the mine, explaining each part and regaling us with stories from his time as a miner. Our two teenagers, who aren't always easy to impress , really enjoyed the tour.... More

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Royal Oak
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35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

There's a smallish museum about coal and mining, especially about the Cape Breton miners' strike in 1925. The highlight, however, is the mine tour. I've read about conditions in coal mines and I've seen movies, but you simply cannot appreciate what it was like to work in a mine even as late at the 1920s until you have walked through... More

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