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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

Address: 42 Birkley Street | Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
Phone Number: 902-849-4522
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nova Scotia used to have many coal mine although the last of them have shut down. In order to keep the memory of the mines and especially the people who were lost in the mines, the Cape Breton Miner's Museum was established in Glace Bay which is a short distance out of Sydney Nova Scotia. A visit to the museum... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Actually visited in Sept 2013. Unbelievably complete museum on Cape Breton mining and miners. Had a private tour by a seasoned / retired miner who worked the Glace Bay mine.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The mine tour with Eric Spencer (retired after 55 years in the mines) was eye opening. His stories were fascinating, informative as well as humorous. I'd never been in a coal mine and this was an education. Thought I was in pretty good shape until the mine ceiling got down to 42 inches and I had to duck walk a... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is a must see if you are near Glace Bay. We actually go into a mine. Our tour guide, Sheldon was excellent. I am 5'9" and it was hard on my back but it made it easy for me to imagine what it was like to for the miners to be in there 12 hours a day! Learning about... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

As part of my visit to Cape Breton over the thanksgiving weekend, my sister and I made our way to the Miner's Museum in Glace Bay. We had a great time going through the museum exhibit, with the highlight being the mine tour. We did not book ahead given that it was the shoulder season, but as indicated in other... More 

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Somerset, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Sheldon, a retired miner, was our guide when we visited this museum. We have been to plenty of coal mining museums on our travels around England but our friends had never been down one. They thoroughly enjoyed it apart from being too tall! It was so interesting to hear all their fascinating tales of life underground. It must be very... More 

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Medway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

The tour guides are all former miners and give first hand accounts of how hard life was for the Cape Breton miners and how difficult life was once the mines closed for good. The tour underground is very well done but in places it is very low so anyone over 5'9''or with a back problem may well find it difficult.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is nothing like a first hand introduction to coal mining in Cape Breton by someone who lived that life for many years. The underground mine tour led by a retired coal miner was fascinating and a highlight of our time in Cape Breton. Highly recommended!!

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My dad and I stopped in Glace Bay during a recent trip to the Maritimes, at the recommendation of a good friend who grew up there. He’d suggested we tour the Miners’ Museum, which initially sounded like it would be mildly interesting. What an understatement that turned out to be! We walked straight into one of the underground tours, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A wonderful history of coal mining in Cape Breton. The tour underground was definitely interesting...be prepared to stoop down as the ceiling drops to about 4 feet! The guides are excellent.

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