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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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London, England, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
60 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting to go underground into the mine, it is part of the entrance fe and is excellent. I should warn you that the ceiling in the mine is very low,, as low as four foot for a good distance so if you have back or neck problems this would not be comfortable. The guide we had, Sheldon, was... More

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grey bruce
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

My two boys learned so much about a way of life very different from their own. Our tour guide was Abbie - who shared many stories that kept the entire group engaged and listening. The museum itself (above ground) seems a little dated and could do with a renovation but the gem is the underground tour. My lower back was... More

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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100 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is an exceptionally well done museum, covering all aspects of the local coal industry, from the types of coal, to the actual mining of it in tunnels that actually extend out under the sea floor. We opted not to take the mine tour; perhaps next time - but there was enough to see within the museum itself. A final... More

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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

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

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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140 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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30 helpful votes 30 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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15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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