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Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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

My grandfather was a miner in Scotland, so I wanted to get first hand experience about mining coal... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
hamiltonnurse
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Hamilton, Canada
Learning

This museum is a charm. Guides are retired miners, so you do not hear a canned speech by youngsters... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
larrymawby
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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My grandfather was a miner in Scotland, so I wanted to get first hand experience about mining coal, I was not disappointed, the museum does an excellent job with its movies and displays to walk you through their trials and tribulations, lack of pay, working...More

Thank hamiltonnurse
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear hamiltonnurse, Thank you for your kind words. We are very proud of our Museum and most especially our mine guides. I am very glad you enjoyed your experience. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum is a charm. Guides are retired miners, so you do not hear a canned speech by youngsters who have no extra knowledge. Rather, a heartfelt telling of what life was like in the mine and company town. Everyone who visits the area should...More

Thank larrymawby
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear larrymawby, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are all pleased when visitors enjoy the Museum. I hope you visit another day and get to do the mine tour. It really is the jewel in our crown. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me preface this by saying that we did not do the mine tour, just visited the museum and watched the film. The people at the front desk were very nice and very informative, but the way the tours were set up was unfortunate. They...More

1  Thank Kylie P
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kylie P, So sorry you did not enjoy your visit. You did miss the jewel in our crown which is the mine tour. Most people who are traveling on the cruise ships, let us know ahead of time that they are coming so we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wholeheartedly endorse the description given by Gus H: this is a magnificent experience, not to be missed if you visit the Sydney area. The exhibits are outstanding, the mine tour stunning, the staff and volunteers excellent. Guide Abbie Michalik made it all come alive;...More

Thank PeterGrant76
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear PeterGrant76, Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had a wonderful experience here at our Museum. Mary Pat

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my wife lived in this area all our live and made our first trip there , it was an experience that I will never forget. When you meet your tour guide and head down the mine reality sets in, the sense of what...More

Thank jwall21
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello jwall21, Many thanks for your review. It is very much appreciated. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Miner's Museum is just that, a hauntingly striking recreation of a Cape Breton coal mine, with a guide led, hour long experience into the Life of a Coal Miner. Our tour, led by Sheldon McNeil - a 3rd generation area miner, was informative, highly...More

Thank Gus H
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Gus H, I am humbled by your response to our Museum and Sheldon's tour of the mine. You were on the very last tour that Sheldon will direct, as he was taken from us the next day. Thank you for your kind words. They...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did find out that the mine here was only built for tourists as a museum. However, it was a great tour, starting off with a retired miner named Sheldon who had us put on hard hats and capes. The tour was over an hour...More

Thank mansard1819
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed April 24, 2017

Nice quaint cottages that are well preserved and have interpreters to help the visitor understand the past. But what a sad tale of how owners could control their workers and how they spent their hard-earned money. We arrived too late in the day to take...More

Thank Togmeister_Mark
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2017

Thanks for your review. I hope you get a chance to tour the mine sometime. It is an experience you will not forget. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed March 23, 2017

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.

1  Thank Dave M
Reviewed March 22, 2017 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...More

1  Thank mitchd117
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elysecarey
I want to come to the museum on the 12th of July and would like to know which bus is it that we need to take on Dorchester St. please. Also, what stop do we get off and how will we find the museum once we disembark from the bus? Thanks.
July 3, 2016|
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Response from Mary M | Property representative |
The bus stop is about 4 blocks from the pier. Take Esplanade to Dorchester to George. Wait at the glass-enclosed bus stop on Dorchester just short of George Street. Take the #1 Glace Bay bus at 10:00 or 11:00am. It may... More
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Melinda W
What is the most economical way to get to the museum from Sydney? We are coming into Sydney on a cruise ship and really want to take in the Miner's Museum. Is it best to catch a taxi from Sydney or arrange to have a private car take us?
April 21, 2015|
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Response from Mary M | Property representative |
You can catch a cab away from the pier and it will cost you $25.00 one way. Renting a car would be a little costlier but you could make other stops along the way. For a really inexpensive trip to Glace Bay you can catch the... More
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