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Miners' Museum, Glace Bay
(4.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Visit 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. Our Glace Bay family vacation planner makes visiting Miners' Museum and other Glace Bay attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Being claustrophobic I was unable to do the underground depiction of a mine, but, still enjoyed the displays, in particular the video. This museum is worth seeing and I think anyone who visits it walk...  more »
  • This past summer, my family and I visited the museum. My son is only 5 years old - so subsequently not always patient. Our tour guide Abbie was the most amazing man. From working in the mines (startin...  more »
  • We attended in November. They were closed but the woman working there let us walk through the exhibits anyway and took the trouble to start up the introductory video. We couldn't go down into the mine...  more »
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  • Went on a tour here while on the island for a wedding. Excellent tour guide who not only worked for the mines during the mining days of the east coast, but also lived the entire mining day experience. IF you like history and truth this is a must see place. WE keep the tours open the government doesn't. Every bit helps this small place.
  • Wow! What an incredible experience! This intimate and very educational your was led by a retired miner. Great stories and excellent overview of the history of mining. You get led underground into the depths of a coal seam where the guide will explain the history, dangers, camaraderie, and life as a miner. Highly recommended and a must-do experience of you are in the area. Our tour guide, Eric, was amazing!
  • This was a great opportunity to learn about an important part of Nova Scotia's history! The museum is full of interesting facts and artifacts. I would definitely recommend the guided tour of the mine. Our group's tour guide had many fascinating stories about his long career as a miner. We learned a lot about the conditions miners faced throughout the history of coal mining in Nova Scotia, including various winter strikes. The guided tour offered a unique opportunity in terms of experiencing first-hand the cramped tunnels miners had to work in for many hours every day.
  • The service and food were excellent. Inside looks the part. An old miner family home. Was great.
  • This is a small, intimate experience and well worth the two to three hours needed. Make sure that you are close to the guides, all ex-miners, so that you can hear all of their stories as you walk through an actual former working coal mine. Watch your head and wear the hard hat at all times, it surely saved my noggin a couple of times during the tour. The museum area is well laid out with many historic items well displayed. You will come away with a true understanding of the history and hardships of the coal miners and the coal mining industry of Eastern Canada