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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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The museum portion was interesting and educational, however small, and once we started the tour, Sheldon told many intresting stories and shared lots about the conditions of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum portion was interesting and educational, however small, and once we started the tour, Sheldon told many intresting stories and shared lots about the conditions of the miners. Five stars!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If you want to experience the work and home life of a Cape Breton Miner and his family then this is a must see! The photographs and interactive displays are priceless. The movie is awesome! Unfortunately I was unable to do the mine tour but the experience was still fantastic! The company house and store displays outside the museum are... More 

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Glace Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I am a coal miner with 31 years experience underground in the coal mines of Cape Breton.The tour of the mine here very much resembles the coal mines of years ago when our grandfathers worked in the mines. The only difference now is has more advanced equipment. The darkness and damp cold air and gas in the mine are always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We were first hesitant going here because we thought it may not be too exciting and weren't keen on being in a mine shaft, you know...dark and dirty. Well, it is now 5 months since we were there and this attraction has impacted us the most... we are still talking about it. It would have been our biggest mistake not... More 

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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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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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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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