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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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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most informative and emotional tours we've ever taken. Our guide Eric was a phenomenal raconteur who gave us fantastic insight into the development of the mine and the hardships of the miners. Incredibly he shared some very personal experience of lost colleagues that were incredibly profound. We felt it was truly an honour to have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at the museum! There is lot of information and the tour was amusing. Loved our tour guide- he had lots of funny and interesting stories to tell! Would definitely recommend.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I took my 2 sons [8 & 14 to this museum in July 2014. The museum is rustic, but well stocked with interesting items which document the coal mining heritage of the region. We attended the movie and then headed underground with Abbie - a former miner [son of a miner too], who has been around for about 50 years... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The museum is very well organized and the tours of the mine, led by former miners are excellent. Provided good and in-depth understanding of life of the mining community.

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Prince George, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This museum was great. We had the good fortune of having 'Sheldon' as our underground tour guide. This venue will take you underground and give you a real taste of the difficult life of a miner. The movie shown was a real time life of the labour movement for the coal mine and its area. Great place

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Guelph, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I love the Miner's Museum. I have visited twice, and still find it hard to describe. The tours in the mines make you appreciate the incredibly hard, unappreciated work that miners have done for years, the dangerous conditions they work in, the camaraderie they enjoy, and the knowledge they have to do the job. Both guides I had were wonderful,... More

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Ottawa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is the third time I've visited this museum and each time it's been different. The most recent tour took place in mid July and was easily the best of the three. The guides are all former coal miners and speak with authority about the history of coal mining in Nova Scotia, including the less than honorable role our government... More

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Chemainus, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Glad we went on the underground tour. Tour guide had worked in the mine for 32 years. Interesting to hear the miners perspective and to learn about the hardships of the miners in the early days.

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NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This museum is dedicated to the hard life of coal miners in Glace Bay. Our tour guide, Sheldon, worked in the mines for over 30 years and had many stories to tell. He was fascinating and informative and he had a great sense of humor which made him easy to listen to. He did an excellent job getting the kids... More

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The museum is very informative especially about the fight they waged to organize a Union and the horrible exploitation of the miners and their families. The tour of the mine is difficult since to ceilings go down to 4'3." It's hard walking but it just gives you the smallest sense of how hard these workers lives were. It is definitely... More

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