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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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Address: 42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
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+1 902-849-4522

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A blast from the deeps

Its been awhile since I have been in the Bay area. However exploring the depths of the coal mines give you a full understanding of the dangers and hard work of the coal miners. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Dave M
Spruce Grove, Canada
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Spruce Grove, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its been awhile since I have been in the Bay area. However exploring the depths of the coal mines give you a full understanding of the dangers and hard work of the coal miners. A must see for anyone to truly walk in their shoes.

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of those places you get allot of information and also learn about how they get the coal from the tunnels under ground. First you start out in the museum which has allot of old artifacts and also allot of information.. if you take the tour be warned the tunnels are not for those with back problems as... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

We visited with our five kids between age 3 and 10 years old. We all enjoyed. I highly recommend the underground tour. The tour guides are people who used to work in the mines and it is interesting to get their perspective. We learned a lot about the living conditions and the history of the mine. The video is interesting... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Being claustrophobic I was unable to do the underground depiction of a mine, but, still enjoyed the displays, in particular the video. This museum is worth seeing and I think anyone who visits it walks away feeling respect for the coal miner and the challenges and serious risks they faced, to bring coal to the surface. Travelling miles underground, under... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

This past summer, my family and I visited the museum. My son is only 5 years old - so subsequently not always patient. Our tour guide Abbie was the most amazing man. From working in the mines (starting as a child) to now giving tours of the mines - he is truly a wonderful and extremely experienced miner. We arrived... More 

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Picton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

We attended in November. They were closed but the woman working there let us walk through the exhibits anyway and took the trouble to start up the introductory video. We couldn't go down into the mine because there was no qualified staff to take us on that tour, but we found lots of interesting things to see in the museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

A small museum, not far from Sydney, depicting the age of coal mining in Cape Breton Island until the 1970s when it closed. There were numerous outside machines used in the mines. In the museum itself there were many artefacts pertaining to the coal industry, photographs of the miners etc. If desired underground mine tours were available with staff, giving... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Wow! What an incredible experience! This intimate and very educational your was led by a retired miner. Great stories and excellent overview of the history of mining. You get led underground into the depths of a coal seam where the guide will explain the history, dangers, camaraderie, and life as a miner. Highly recommended and a must-do experience of you... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The Miners' Museum in Cape Breton NS is worth your time. The tours are given by retired miners and we happened to hit on a very well spoken gentleman who brought clarity and understanding to the process of coal mining; old and new. The Company store and homes will be an eye opener.The restaurant was also good especially the desserts.... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We were lucky to take in a tour underground at the museum. This is a must see/feel to find out what it was like to be underground; cool, dark, dangerous and damp. Our guide was an ex-miner who knew what he was talking about. Miners had an extremely hard job as did the ponies who lived and died in the... More 

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