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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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A Trip Highlight

This turned out to be a highlight of a great trip. The museum provided vivid picture of the impact... read more

Reviewed yesterday
NancyB38
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Toronto, Canada
A must see

I know several people used the same title for their reviews, but it is the best summary possible... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jaymat44
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“retired miner” (75 reviews)
“coal mining” (43 reviews)
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42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
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+1 902-849-4522
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Reviewed yesterday

This turned out to be a highlight of a great trip. The museum provided vivid picture of the impact of the coal industry on life in Cape Breton, with great insights into labour politics, economics, and - most importantly - the life of the miners...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I know several people used the same title for their reviews, but it is the best summary possible. We were here about 20 years ago and enjoyed it. Now the museum has been completely redone and it is excellent. If you have any interest in...More

Thank jaymat44
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear jaymat44, Thanks you for sharing your experience at Cape Breton Miners Museum. We are very fortunate to be able to find the support to redo our Museum. Our goal is to share the experience of the Cape Breton coal mining industry and the people...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The miner's museum (which was a very short drive from Sydney) was definitely worth the trip. We learnt so much about the history of coal mining and the lives of the workers - it was very interesting. Unlike other museums that can be a bit...More

Thank elizabeth122018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear elizabeth122018, Thank you for sharing your review of Cape Breton Miners Museum with TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that you had an interesting experience. Our staff and Mine Guides work very hard to tell the story of Cape Breton's coal mining history using both humour...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very authentic as the tour guide was a former miner. It was my first time in a mine. makes you realize how lucky you are that you did not have to work in one. We were on a tight schedule as we had a flight...More

Thank WGG1962
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear WGG1962, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. It is great that you had the time to experience a mine tour. We believe that tour really tells the story of the Cape Breton miner. Safe travels, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see. I have seen a number of mines but this one really opened my eyes to what those Nova Scotia underground coal miners went through. We hear of the tough lives they had but until you experience this mine...More

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

Dear Dan P, Thank you for sharing your impression of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are pleased that you were able to go underground with a retired miner and get the full experience of what it was like to mine coal in Cape Breton in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although a little frightened and nervous of tight spaces, I wanted to see and get a feel for what the miners lived and breathed. The Miners Museum is absolutely excellent!! I am really glad I went! It is a guide it underground tour that helps...More

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

Dear Lady-Harley1, Thanks you for sharing your review of Cape Breton Miners Museum with TripAdvisor. I will be sure to let Sheldon know how much you appreciated his tour. He is and excellent guide and a wonderful storyteller. It also helps that either he, a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum. The tour is very interesting, led by a retired miner. It was eye opening to learn what a tough life it was for the miners. Really enjoyed it. Would have been even better to be there when the Men of the Deeps were...More

Thank dancemom51
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear dancemom51, Thank you for sharing your experience at our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your mine tour. It really is the crown jewel of the Museum. Yes the experience would have been even better with a Men of the Deeps...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a mine tour with a former miner and what a great experience! Our 11 year old grandson enjoyed it too as we learned about mining, miners, and the history of coal mining in Cape Breton. We were in the mine just shy...More

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

Dear Leanne B, Thank you so much for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our history and believe our mine guides tell the story very well. I am pleased too that you mentioned both you and your grandson...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could say that the journey from B.C. was worth it for this museum alone ( a little exaggeration, but !! ). We had been to the mine tour in Newfoundland at Belle Isle and this was better because of the museum, the miner's houses,...More

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

Dear BCbikeGuy, Thank you so much for your great review. It is really wonderful to hear that you fully enjoyed your experience here. We like to think we are doing our best but it is gratifying to know you were impacted by our story. You...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent the morning touring the museum, walking the mine with hard hats et.al. getting a great briefing from the retired miner/ guide...what an experience...learned so much. Spent time on the grounds enjoying the ocean front scenery...a must do visit!!More

Thank PatM52807
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear PatM52807, Thanks for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We love sharing our story with visitors so we are very glad when someone let's us know that they learned something new. I think our coastline view is one of the prettiest on the Island. Safe...More

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elysecarey
3 July 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
21 April 2015|
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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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