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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: +1 902-849-4522
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Love the Glace Bay Miners Museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
dburley2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 29 October 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 26 October 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 18 October 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 17 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Rambling by car for 2 weeks through parts of the Maritimes and Glace Bay was on the list because of the coal mines. Heard about coal mines as a child growing up and wanted to see what a coal mining town and an actual coal mine is/was. It was absolutely amazing to head underground and hear the life of a... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The main attraction is the tour of the underground mine and our guide was a retired miner. It REALLY brought to light the life of a miner and how life was and is for those who chose this occupation. Our wonderful guide, Eric, had personal stories that enriched the experience and gave us a much better understanding of the mining... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Being claustrophobic, today's trip to the Miners Museum wasn't my preference. How wrong I was. Sheldon was an absolutely fantastic tour guide who put my mind at rest and enabled me to enjoy the experience as much as others. He brought cole mining to life providing such great insight and history. Conquering my fear with Sheldon's wise words has left... More 

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