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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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Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

My family and I arrived in Sydney, Nova Scotia via cruise ship. I had done some research on the area before the cruise began and knew that I wanted to visit the Miners' Museum. The museum is not located in Sydney; it is located in Glace Bay. We elected not to take the shore excursion to the museum offered by... More

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

What a great experience. Sheldon was our guide for the underground mine tour and he has great tales to tell!

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Sydney, Australia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
141 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum is well worth visiting. It has a multimedia presentation, some very well presented and interesting exhibits and an underground tour. Sheldon was our guide who took us underground, as a retired miner he was able to give us a detailed explanation of a miner's life. it was very interesting and definitely gave you a great insight into the... More

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Pierrefonds, Quebec
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10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were on our way to Newfoundland via the ferry from N.Sydney. We had some spare time before we could board the ferry so we decided to take a half hour drive out to Glace Bay to see this museum. Sheldon McNeil was our guide for the tour into the coal mine. Before entering the mine, he gave us the... More

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you are from the "big city", this may not seem like much of a museum. If you are willing to take this for what it is, a heartfelt tribute to a culture, a way of life, you will find this museum very well done. Mostly, if you have kids that are spoiled rotten, like mine, they need to be... More

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White Rock, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were fortunate enough to have Abbie as our tour guide for the underground mine tour. He relieved his experiences from his times working in the various mines in the region and you were able to feel what a hard life it had to have been. Gave me a whole new appreciation for what these miners had to go through.... More

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Panhandle of Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I loved listening to the history of this area via a person who actually LIVED it. The mine tour was one of my favorite memories of this trip. Wonderful museum, a must see!

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

We arrived on a day of torrential rain. The perfect solution was the museum and mine tour. We went in to find a group had just arrived before us. Once they were settled we were told about the museum, the long video which would be put on very soon and the short one that runs on a loop. We were... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The words "coal miner" will have new meaning for you if you visit this museum and take one of the tours. Tours are led by former miners and we were lucky enough to have ours led by Abbie Michalik. We arrived before the start of the tour season and no tours were scheduled but the woman in charge phoned Abbie... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Group rate with tour was well worth the price including the rare experience of going down to the mines with an extremely knowlegeable retired miner for about an hour. Very informative and easily kills more than 2 hours. Enjoyed our stay and will be coming back this summer

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