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Glace BAy mines Museum

Excellent This is the second time I have been I has been 30 years in between still great to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JeffG2536
Well worth the time

I took a public bus from my cruise ship and then walked about 30 mins each way to get to this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent This is the second time I have been I has been 30 years in between still great to see. Lots of bending down and it is dark

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JeffG2536
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear JeffG2536, Thanks for sharing your review with TripAdvisor. We are pleased that we did not disappoint after 30 years. Safe Travels, Mary Pat

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a public bus from my cruise ship and then walked about 30 mins each way to get to this museum because I was unsure about booking from the ship but despite the hassle, it was well worth the effort. Getting a tour from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear woosailor, Thank you for going to such an effort to visit our Museum. I would imagine the round trip and Museum tour took about 6 hours. It is very gratifying to hear that your visit was well worth that time commitment. We want our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in Glace Bay across the street from No. 20 Colliery, the mine my grandfather Lee began work in at the age of 10. Pa Lee worked 54 years in the coal mine. I personally took the tour and enjoyed listening to the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Edna L, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are very grateful when our neighbours recommend us to visiting friends and relatives. With a minimal marketing budget, we rely a great deal on word of mouth. Because of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visits like this are great for getting a better understanding of the past. The tour guides are all retired Miners. You get to walk into a very scrunched, wet and uncomfortable mine and get to experience what it must have been like to be work...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Wingz101, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. We do like to provide an authentic experience and your are very right that is not for everyone. As well your recommendations on what to wear are absolutely correct. Safe travels, Mary...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cape Breton Miner's Museum is an excellent opportunity to learn about mining in Nova Scotia. There are many archived pieces of mining equipment displayed on the property, with descriptions of their use.More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Horsewoman
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Horsewoman, Thank you for your kind words. We try to provide a comprehensive view of the history of coal mining in Cape Breton. Our external displays are great for showcasing the equipment needed to mine coal in the latter days of mining. Safe Travels,...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018

You MUST see this museum, unlike any museum I have ever attended. Yes, there is memorabilia, but it relevant and thoughtfully assembled and helps tell the story of Canada's coal mining history. We have no reason for pride in the way we allowed corporate, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Dear MarlaToronto, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on our Museum with TripAdvisor. We believe that there is no better way to illustrate our history than to have people who actually lived it share it with our visitors. And because it is real...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

The museum is small, gives you a feel for the coaling mining life. The tour of the mine is the highlight.. Don't miss it! Ours was conducted by a retired coal miner, who started in the mines at about the age of 10. The tour...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Lovetraveling99, Thank you for sharing your review of our Museum with TripAdvisor. We are very proud of our Museum and love to hear back from visitors who had a great experience. We are delighted that you got to go underground. You really get a...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

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 30 September 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Maur S
Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

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 23 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Mary M, Executive Director at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

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

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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
26 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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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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