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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 Miners Museum in Glace Bay was excellent! Abbie was our guide, and he was a great story-teller who had been in the mines for 57 years! His stories were so honest, and he gave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Miners Museum in Glace Bay was excellent! Abbie was our guide, and he was a great story-teller who had been in the mines for 57 years! His stories were so honest, and he gave us a real sense of the hardships and dangers these miners faced in their daily lives. He was great with the kids--there were 7 kids... More 

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Grand Bend, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We toured the museum than went on the tour of a mine with Sheldon McNeil. This man had everyone captivated with his stories. We travelled through the mine wearing hard hats and capes to protect our clothing. At times the height of the mine shaft ranged from 5 ft. 2 in to 4 ft. 2 in. The struggles and the... More 

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Glace Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful setting next to the ocean and the Glace Bay Miner's Museum as far east as you can go in Nova Scotia. After visiting the museum and touring the underground coal mine, stop in the restaurant for a good home cooked meal. Delicious food, especially the tea biscuits and oatcakes as well as, always friendly and accommodating service.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cape Breton has suffered with the end of coal mining. It was a tough life. Experiencing the mines was a mind opener. If you go, make sure that you bring some warmer clothing as it is cold down in the mines. You also have to stoop if you are on the tall side, Image having to do that all day... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My sons (11 and 14) and I took the Miner's Museum Tour on a rainy day. My husband, 6' 4" chickened out when he heard about the low ceilings. I was worried that it would get claustrophobic, but luckily the shaft is wide enough that at least for me I didn't feel like it was closing in. Also, you walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with 16 year old girls and we were all fascinated by the tour. For 1/2 hour or more the ceilings are 48 or 42" so be prepared to stoop. Seemed a minor hardship when the tour guide was a miner with 30 years experience and fascinating stories. Highly recommend this your.

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Petawawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After reviewing their website and trip advisor I called to reserve a tour, unfortunately the gentlemen that answered the phone wasn't overly friendly and told me you didn't reserve tours, they ran hourly. When we arrived the tour was sold out and we needed to wait for 75 mins until the next opening. The prices do not match the website.... More 

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this review

Hi Natalie, Thanks for your review. Could you please tell me where we are misquoting our price on the website? I would like to get this matter fixed immediately and I cannot find the entry. All the best, Mary Pat More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place to see the history of Glace Bay.. great exhibits but wish the underground mine would have been a bit taller as we had some people with mobility issues and wouldn't have been able to finish the guided tour

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is truly amazing how our miners lived back in the days under paid and little for quality of life.We truly were mazed on the museum the staff were quite knowledgeable the store and their living quarters were very fascinating . A must see .Afterwards if your hungry there is a resturant.

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Canaan, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The actual mines have been shut down for a while, but we were able to go through them just as the miners did. In fact, our guide used to work the mines himself. You put on a safety helmet (because you crouch over, but still hit your head) and a poncho (the mines slope downward under the ocean and it... More 

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