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Worth the Drive to Glace Bay

Glace Bay is a hardscrabble mining town not far from Sydney, NS. Not much to bring tourists except... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Chris L
We Learned So Much

Our drive to Glace Bay from Port Hawkesbury was a great scenic adventure to start our day at The... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2018
luvtotravel6768
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

Glace Bay is a hardscrabble mining town not far from Sydney, NS. Not much to bring tourists except in 1967 the Miners Museum was created. Here you'll find the stories, equipment, and shockingly brutal history of mining in Cape Breton. But the highlight is a...More

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

Dear Chris L, Thank you for sharing your review with TripAdvisor's readers. We are very proud of our history and are thrilled when a visitor appreciates our story. Sheldon is a wonderful guide and an absolute asset to the Museum. I will be sure to...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018

Our drive to Glace Bay from Port Hawkesbury was a great scenic adventure to start our day at The Miners' Museum. This museum is well worth the 3 hours we spent. The mine tour was guided by "Abbie", a former miner with 30-some years in...More

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

Dear luvtotravel6768, Thank you so much for sharing your review on TripAdvisor. Abbie is a wonderful guide and you are right, he does enjoy telling his stories and the stories of his family and friends to interested visitors. I will be sure to tell him...More

Reviewed 18 July 2018

A friend had recommended a visit to the Miners’ museum. Even though it was out of our way, we decided to visit it and we were so glad we did. This museum is not funded by the government so it relies on private funds. We...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Dear 60CarolH60, We are very glad you went out of your way to visit our Museum and share your review with TripAdvisor. Our mine guides are the real treasures of the Museum and I will certainly share with Abbie how much you enjoyed his tour....More

Reviewed 17 July 2018

If you have visited the mining country of eastern Kentucky you will feel a familiarity with the stories of men used as tools till the coal is gone and then the pain of families that are economically abandoned. The "mine" visit makes the museum stand...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Dear SkipJAtlanta, Thank you for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We agree that touring our coal mine with a retired miners is the stand out experience at our Museum. It sounds like you took the time to get the full offerings of...More

Reviewed 16 July 2018

My grandfather was a coal miner in New Waterford Cape Breton in the 1920's & 1930's. He lost his hand in a mining accident. I knew life of the coal miners of that era were not great but I had no idea it was this...More

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

Dear Laura G, Thank you for sharing your review on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled that your experience here at Cape Breton Miners Museum had a profound impact on you and your husband. Sharing our story with family members of former coal miners is very special...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018

One of the tourist attractions not to miss in Cape Breton..Very unique experience and so educational listening g to the stories of the men who worked in the mine..

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

Dear willis1novascotia, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very glad you had a unique and educational experience. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

This place was great. The old company homes that were re constructed had a great amount of artifacts and history in them. The people in each home gave a great amount of history and knowledge about a miners life through out the years. We took...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Dear Chris-D7878, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Cape Breton Miners Museum with Tripadvisor. We are very proud of our history and really appreciate it when people let us know that we communicated our story well. We depend on our village animators and mine...More

Reviewed 12 July 2018

Lots of history here. I found out about it one the way down to Glace Bay Nova Scotia. It is just off the road and they have a sign there that is easy to see. I took a underground tour and we had to wear...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Dear Rick H, Thank you for sharing your experience here at Cape Breton Miners Museum with tripadvisor. We are very proud of our history and enjoy sharing it with our visitors. So we love hearing feedback from people that they like the way we present...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We woke up early and we’re very excited about doing the underground tour, even calling ahead. They told us that tours start at 10 am, but once we got there they told us that they don’t start tours until 11:30. There were 10 people ready...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear elizwmuller, I am sorry about your experience at our Museum. We try to work with our visitors' busy schedules but clearly there was a mix up in communications here. The Museum opens at 10 but the first tour of the day usually goes under...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Well done ! A no frills representation of the Nova Scotia coal mining era. EXCELLENT docent, a miner himself, with a pleasant demeanor...great with the youngsters. Warning....the subterranean venture requires a person to sustain a squatted, bent-over posture for a majority of the tour, 42"...More

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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Dear S2sailor, Thank you for sharing your visit at Cape Breton Miners Museum with tripadvisor. We are proud of our history and try very hard to create, as close as possible, an authentic mining experience. It is very gratifying to know we made that connection....More

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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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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
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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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