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Miners' Museum, Glace Bay

Categories: Specialty Museums, Mines, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Rambling by car for 2 weeks through parts of the Maritimes and Glace Bay was on the list because of the coal mines. Heard about coal mines as a child growing up and wanted to see what a coal mining to...  read more »
  • The main attraction is the tour of the underground mine and our guide was a retired miner. It REALLY brought to light the life of a miner and how life was and is for those who chose this occupation. O...  read more »
  • Being claustrophobic, today's trip to the Miners Museum wasn't my preference. How wrong I was. Sheldon was an absolutely fantastic tour guide who put my mind at rest and enabled me to enjoy the experi...  read more »
  • 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 coal mine tour with a retired miner is not to be missed. We are an international family and have been many places, seen many interesting things. We were all (grandfather, parents, teenage boys) held spellbound by Wishie (our tour guide) as he recounted the history of mining in Cape Breton and in Glacé Bay, and his own family's history in the mines. I had a million questions when he started talking outside the entrance to the mine. By the end of our walk through the mine, a harrowing and fascinating trip, he had answered them all. And more. We were all so glad we found this place. In a world of fabricated entertainment, this was authentic and unique. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • This is a well done museum. (the second incarnation as the first was 80% destroyed by fire - reconstruction mostly funded by donations, which indicates the commitment by the community to keep the local heritage alive). The tour of the mine by a retired miner is superb, and the former miner homes and company store are not only excellent learning opportunities in and of themselves, but also staffed by knowledgable people to I've you a short tour through. These are free. The museum and mine tour is only 15 dollars. Wonderful place.
  • 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
  • Wish was an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide. We all learned a lot and now can really appreciate the history of mining.
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