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Underground tour highlight of the museum

Don't go to the museum without going down for the mine tour. Our guide Sheldon was very informative... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Luv2travel_RS
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Moncton, Canada
All The Ladies

Every year a group of us girls get together and enjoy a great meal at the Miners restraint, one of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't go to the museum without going down for the mine tour. Our guide Sheldon was very informative and very entertaining. You'll be underground for a good 45 min and will get a good idea of what it was like to work down below. People...More

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

Dear Luv2travel_RS, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. We agree with you and the majority of our patrons that the underground tour with a retired miner is really the highlight of the visit. Safe travels, Mary...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every year a group of us girls get together and enjoy a great meal at the Miners restraint, one of the ladies receives a card from her son that allows her to take 9-10 of her friends out to dinner and we always come here,the...More

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

Dear Maur S, Thank you for your kind words. Wilma and Wayne do a wonderful job of running our restaurant and we are very glad to have them. All the best, Mary Pat

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining and the itinerary didn’t factor in rain. I was supposed to be enjoying the views on the Cabot Trail but figured they would be obscured in the weather. The desk clerk at my hotel in Sydney suggested the Miners’ Museum in Glacé...More

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

Dear DSBAA, We are so glad you had the opportunity to visit our Museum. Sheldon is a great tour guide and his family's life in the mines goes back for generations so he has a wealth of information to share. I did not realize there...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The origins of the coal industry are not pretty. The early coal company owned everything, even its workers. This museum is run by retired miners most of whom are 2nd or 3rd generation miners. Abbie Michalik, our guide, imparted many stories (some somber and some...More

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

Dear VacationingCannuck, Thank you for sharing your visit with our museum with TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our heritage and really enjoy sharing it with our patrons. As you have deduced our mine guides are the best part of a Museum rich in the...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

This visit was a firsthand accounting of a miner’s life and the difficulties encountered along with their pride. We took the tour and went into a section of the mine and experienced the space and learned how coal mining occurred in an underground/ sea location....More

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

Dear Mary M, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to our Museum. Eric is a wonderful guide and he will be so pleased that he was able to get you to experience what it was like to be a coal miner in Cape...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018

This museum is a straightforward exhibit about the hard life miners had. It's one thing to see the displays and the antiquated equipment they had to use, see the housing that they lived in and knowing how the coal companies basically owned these people, but...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Dear Aud E, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We really appreciate when our visitors absorb the the life of the miners through our exhibits and get a visceral grasp of it when they tour the mine. Your experience of our Museum is...More

Reviewed 31 August 2018

This was a very interesting tour. Very informative about the early coal mining days in Cape Breton. I highly recommend this tour. Be prepared to be humped over for 1 1/2 hours or so once you enter the mine. The height of the mine ranges...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Dear jbmorris77, Thank you for sharing your review of our museum with TripAdvisor. We believe the height of our mine gives people a more authentic experience of what the miners went through on their shifts. Safe travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Very interesting museumwith excellent explanatory displays and dioramas. Trip down the mine is also available.

1  Thank sandsh0912
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Dear sandssh0912, Thanks for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 22 August 2018

What a great experience to share with my son. My husband's family were coal miners in Sydney Mines so it was great to be able to show him how hard his ancestors worked. Our tour guide Wishie Donovan was informative and had amazing stories. It...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Dear Bluenoser_Min, Thank you for sharing your review with TripAdvisor. We find it very satisfying to share our stories with visitors' who have ancestors who mined coal. We should never forget the people that came before us and what they sacrificed so that we could...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018

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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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear NancyB38, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. Our staff works vey hard to tell the story of Cape Breton coal mining culture and they like to do it in such a way that it connects with our visitors. They...More

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DSBAA
22 September 2018|
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Response from CinCross | Reviewed this property |
They are open 10am-6pm 7 days a week. Bring a tip for your guide! It’s well worth it! If you google ‘Cape Breton Miners Museum’ it comes up with the hours.
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Dean B
25 August 2018|
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Response from Bluenoser_Min | Reviewed this property |
At least an hour for the tour itself I would say. There is a museum you can walk through in that building and some outer buildings. I would 2 hrs to be there
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elysecarey
3 July 2016|
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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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