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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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The real deal

The guide was great giving us the miners’ perspective. It’s low and wet to walk through the mine... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
PamD1965
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Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
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A tribute to the miners of Cape Breton

My late father worked coal mines for a period of time in Europe after the war. Not a pretty... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
huronhawk
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Average3%
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“retired miner” (71 reviews)
“coal mining” (42 reviews)
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LOCATION
42 Birkley Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A 5T8, Canada
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+1 902-849-4522
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guide was great giving us the miners’ perspective. It’s low and wet to walk through the mine area—my weak back only made it a third of the way through but it was still great to experience. The movie, indoor and outdoor exhibits were great.

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

Dear PamD1965, Thank you for letting us know about your mine experience. We are very proud of our Museum and particularly our mine guides. Safe travels, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

My late father worked coal mines for a period of time in Europe after the war. Not a pretty job. This tour is worth every cent and more. The presentation by a former miner was excellent, painting a picture of what life in and around...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Dear hurinhawk, Thanks so much for your thoughtful words. We at the Museum think our mine guides are pretty special. It really makes us proud and honoured when someone, such as yourself, lets us know that they did get the experience that we try so...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

I have family ties to this area and family history with mining specifically and had always wanted to visit this museum. It did not disappoint. My husband and I arrived about 65 minutes before the museum was to close and had enough time to look...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Natalie B, Thanks so much for your review in TripAdvisor. Too bad you did not have time to go underground. Our tour of a coal mine with a retired coal miner is worth the trip to Cape Breton. All the best, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This is a great place to eat at a reasonable price. Good food and fast service. We have eaten there about six times this past summer. We always seem to meet nice people visiting the area from other countries or provinces in Canada.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

This is a real but non-working mine. If you have the nerve, then enjoy the one hour underground tour conducted by a professional miner. Learn about the extent of the coal in the area, its history of exploitation, and, no less, the exploitation of the...More

Thank W J K
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Dear W J K, Thanks for sharing your review of our museum with TripAdvisor patrons. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Our guide shared this with us: People from around the world wanted to come here in these mines. What they didn't know, the miners would be controlled by the people who owned the mine. They started to work in the night and came out of...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Dear Robby G C, Thank you very much for sharing your review of our Museum on TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our history and the men and women who lived it and so are delighted when we get feedback that our visitors appreciated their...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

As always the food was amazing!! Staff are always so friendly. A must if visiting glacé bay. ( reminder it is seasonal )

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Dear Baygirl74_13, Thanks for your review of our restaurant. We are very fortunate to have Wilma and Wayne MacAuley running the place. All the best, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Wow what an experience. They warned us about the lack of head room and the very low ceilings. But we had no clue what it would be like. Was a little hard on the back by the end of presentation but well worth it. Truly...More

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

Dear Carl G, I totally agree with your review. It is very hard to complain about a bad day a work when you compare it to the conditions these men worked under. Thank so much, Mary Pat

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Had no idea what to expect but this tour was awesome and our guide (Wishie) did an amazing job explaining all we saw, how the mine worked, the working conditions, pay scale, etc., etc. Actually going down into the mine really gave us a glimpse...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear fisherman4043, We are very pleased your experience at the Museum was amazing. Wishie is a font of knowledge and a very good storyteller. Our mine guides are a wonderful asset to our Museum. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with TripAdvisor's audience. Safe travels,...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

We picked a rainy day to visit the museum as we figured we would be inside. We started out with a talk from a man who had been a miner. He then took us underground to a replica of a real mine. He was very...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear Gary O, We are very pleased you enjoyed your experience here at our Museum. Thanks for letting us and the TripAdvisor audience know. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

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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
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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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