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Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre

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Wow...fascinating!

Digging up a 300 million year old fossil is a thrill even for adults! The fossil centre offers... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
jamesmK7272TY
A great introduction to geology (and lots of other 'stuff')

There are actually three separate museums – one on local heritage, covering the history of the... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
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159 Legatto St, Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia B1V 2S6, Canada
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

Digging up a 300 million year old fossil is a thrill even for adults! The fossil centre offers guided fossil hunts specific times of the week and we timed our visit accordingly. The museum curator, Stuart Critchley, guides the tours and as you leave he...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank jamesmK7272TY
Reviewed 5 September 2018

There are actually three separate museums – one on local heritage, covering the history of the steel and coal industry which supported a population of 10,000 people in 1932; one on sports which we did not have time to visit; and finally, and perhaps most...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Martin R
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The total history the Sydney Mines and even surrounding areas. I loved coming hear. It is like going back in time. All the info you need. Very helpful staff that can lead you to other things in other areas.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Rick H
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We stopped by this small museum after the Bird Island Boat Tours. The place is quirky and cost about $20 for four visitors. There is an incredible collection of fossils here with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions (and we had a lot!). Although...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Maria M
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

We apologize for what you found at the local beach. Hopefully someone at the municipality will take issue with people dumping garbage on the local beaches.

Reviewed 21 June 2018

You can take a guided tour inside the actual mine. Experience total darkness, see the trails made by the mules, contemplate the railway that goes miles underground and weep for those men who have been lost down there.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank judyrohweder
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

This comment was meant for the Miners Museum in Glace Bay, not the Cape Breton Fossil Centre or Sydney Mines Heritage Museum in Sydney Mines.

Reviewed 15 September 2017

My wife and I visited the Fossil Museum and enjoyed our visit. I have always been interested in fossils and I also work in the mining industry. The thing that stands out is is the staff gave us a thorough education on the geology and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank shane c
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your kind words.

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Had visited friends in Sydney Mines numerous times,but only in the winter season... only open May- October? So had never had the opportunity to explore this site. It was well worth the stop. Dr. Stewart Critchly geologist and curator took time to explain to our...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AlkarCruiseFans
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and for your kind words.

Reviewed 11 August 2017

A must see for everyone who is interested in the cultural history of Cape Breton; the history of how the earth was formed over 315 million years ago, how fossils were formed and the different flora and fauna that grew during that time. The young...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank wally v
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and for your kind words.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

While visiting friends in Sydney Mines they suggested we take the time to visit this museum before carrying on to the highlands. We were not disappointed. What I thought would be a quick walk through a museum caught our attention and imagination for 5 hours....More

Date of experience: July 2017
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience and for your kind words.

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We went to this museum on Thursday past and we are glad we did...our 9 year old son wanted to see the fossils as he missed out on a field trip...the young girl that showed us around to all three museums was very knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Odyssey723653
James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience and for your kind words.

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