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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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Address: 42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
Phone Number: 902-849-4522
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One of the best attractions in Cape Breton!!

If you visit Cape Breton (or live here), you really should make the trip to Glace Bay and visit the Miners Museum. The guides are former miners and they don't just tell the story... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
irenecE8123XL
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Sydney, Ns
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Sydney, Ns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit Cape Breton (or live here), you really should make the trip to Glace Bay and visit the Miners Museum. The guides are former miners and they don't just tell the story of a miners' life, they've actually lived it so you feel the story. Some of the stories you'll hear and see on the video are heartbreaking... More 

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Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I would definitely go back again!! Very informative tour guide ( Sheldon) with first-hand experience. You don't get that too many places nowadays.

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

We had planned on visiting the Miner's Museum as a rainy day alternative. What a mistake! It should have been at the top of the list. The museum is built on the site of a now closed mine. After visiting the museum and seeing some of the equipment and learning about the physical and financial hardships endured by the coal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This was a highlight of our trip out east for sure. There are 5 guides, all of them ex-miners, and hearing Abby's life experiences and growing up etc was amazing. Then to see where and how they worked was very memorable. For two kids 11 and 14 it was totally worth it. It is a little scary walking down into... More 

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saskatchewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

If you want to know the history of Cape Breton this museum and especially the tour are a must. Eric was our wonderful guide that made the your fun and informative. We continued to Louisberg where we got lucky and Men of the Deeps were at the playhouse and many of there songs and stories were so much more meaningful... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Not your usual group of retirees! I am humbled in their presence. Their formal education ended in perhaps the third grade; their informal education happened in the mines. Raised in poor large families, they usually followed their dads down into the mines at a young age. The mine closed twenty plus years ago, but these guys are still going into... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We stopped here while on a cruise from Boston to Montreal. After a short town walking tour we decided to try out the Miners tour and were glad we did. It's a cab ride from town and you can skip the museum movie, which is outdated, so plan your arrival for the mine tour only. We had a true miner... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This museum is very interesting and an easy and excellent way to understand the history of miners in this country. We started with a NFB film on the history of the region. Then we went to the tour of a mine created for the museum. We really appreciated the personal details that our guide Abby provided of his own and... More 

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West Chester, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

The tour of the mine is interesting but the power of this activityis to hear the first-hand account of a 25 and more year veteran of the life of a miner and his family. It was awe inspiring at a personal level and revealing as to the kind of life is led in the mines.

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Thornhill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A friend recommend me to go to the miners museum during my trip to Cape Breton. I am glad that I follow his advise. We enjoy the visit with my family, the history told right on the site while you are in the mine makes the experience unforgettable. Our guide was able to keep our attention all the time. It... More 

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