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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 strength of desperate people!

Very informative setup with an opportunity to " go below" for the adventurous. Spent about two hours above ground and learned a lot about the conditions the miners and their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Trenton, Canada
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Trenton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Very informative setup with an opportunity to " go below" for the adventurous. Spent about two hours above ground and learned a lot about the conditions the miners and their families had to endure , and how they rebelled. The volonteers were especially enthusiatic and helpful. Outside of the museum buiding was a mock up of the mine owned town... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on our cruise and there were limited options in the area. The Sydney There are 3 houses to replicate how the miner and his family lived. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. There is a small restaurant that was excellent in one of the hours. The Mine tour was a highlight of the museum. It was... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Went with the kids, really cool place to visit. The stories by the guide where fantastic. He gave us a grim oversight of the realities of coal miners. We really enjoyed this visit. Do not miss the mine tour if you are in the area.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took our 12 and 9 year old boys here and we all really enjoyed it. Definitely do the tour as this is the best part. We had Sheldon as our guide and he was informative and funny. Be prepared as you are hunched over the whole time! I would not choose this on a bright, sunny day but when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was definitely worth a visit and we spent about 2 hours here. Ithink they do tours of the mine every 30minutes or so - we had Eric as our guide and he was amazing. The part of the mine that you get to walk through is quite wet/damp and has some muddy puddles in places. You definitely have to... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We toured with Abbie. This was a highlight of our East coast trip. The wonderful heartfelt stories he presented will be a forever memory for my teens and husband and I. There will be a time in the not so distant future when retired miners like Abbie with his first hand stories and stories of his family's experiences won't be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We just thought it would be your run of the mill museum with pictures and displays, we were completely surprised to be going down into the mine. To be honest I almost ran away we the tour started but our tour guide/miner Abbie was so good at cracking jokes and delivering informative facts, I quickly forgot I was scared. I... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A wonderful experience if you aren't claustrophobic. You really get a feel for what it must be like to spent your working life in the mines. Great for kids.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My family and I decided to go visit this museum on a rainy day. It was perfect. Although the museum is quite small the tour of the mine is worth the price of admission. We had Abbie as a guide and his stories and information made this tour genuine and fun. We had a 3 and 6 yr old and... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This experience is excellent, but highly complimented by the tour guides who are are retired miners. Learning about coal mining in general and specifically what happened in the early 1920's is something about which we all need to know about in real terms of history. How the miners ever survived in the almost cruel lifestyle they endured in the 20's... More 

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