Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Glace Bay

Visit Cape Breton Miners' Museum for a first-hand experience of the history of this converted coal mine. Situated in the picturesque Glace Bay, the museum offers guided tours with retired miners, giving you a sense of what it was like to work there. See informative exhibits about the mining industry, view original buildings from the time period, or venture into the closed mine with the guide and experience the hardships the workers used to face. After the tour you can browse the gift shop, or get a tasty meal at the village restaurant. Before you visit Glace Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • 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 hav...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • What a great experience we had here. Our tour guide Eric was a miner at this place and he was full of stories. He was also funny and very informative of what life was like down a mine. Reasonably priced and totally worth the money. Would 100% recommend this. I would do this tour again. I loved it.
  • The miners museum was amazing!!! We went in and for 16 dollars you get access to there whole downstairs display of artifacts information and artworks as well as two videos that play on loop about the mines. The downstairs museum was so big I didn't even see the whole thing. Then they take you down to a room where your guide speaks with you about the mines our guide was a sweet older man who's father worked there at 10yrs old. Then you put on your hard hats and head down into the mines. My only warning is if you have back problems I would tread carefully the mines start at 5'5 in height and get as low as 4'2 anyone taller than 5'5 will be crouched the whole way. It is so worth it!!!
  • Truly an amazing experience. Our guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly. The restaurant was delicious and amazing sides. It took approximately two hrs, however; it felt very fast. It was so amazing to see an actually coal mine.
  • Really good history lesson, it shows the work conditions back then and what they did to improve it. I recommend people to see this place. Heads up, the tunnels area as big, so there is a lot of bending.
  • Learn about the depravity and hardship that the early indentured miners had to endure. Makes one appreciate the easy life we now enjoy. Our guide was an 80 year old ex miner who brought the early days of mining to life. This is a must see for everyone visiting cape Breton
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