Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, Sudbury

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
At Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, see the largest coin in the world, pan for gold, explore rocks and minerals underground, and have a shot at mining with a computer excavator. Interactive display rooms with rock-breaker simulators and excavator simulators immerse you in the mining process. The underground tour will take you through the history of mining from the late 1800s to present day. Kids will love playing with mini wheelbarrows, foam pieces of coal, slides and other sorts of interactive displays. Amenities include a cafe, a gift shop, and a children's playground. The Big Nickel on site was originally constructed in 1964 as a replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, Big Nickel weighs 13 tons and is 9 m (30 ft) tall. To visit Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel on your trip to Sudbury, use our Sudbury vacation route planner.
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  • Our experience was very good. Our guide was very informative, she knew the mining industry very well. I would recommend this tour when in Sudbury 
  • Driving home on a beautiful fall day from Sault Ste Marie we ran into traffic jams on the bypass in Sudbury. We took the alternate route and suddenly there it was: The Big Nickel. Sounds rather silly ...  read more »
  • We were three in our group, all seniors. We drove from Toronto to Sudbury, on our way back from Sault Ste Marie. We had made our plans back in July but there was never any information on the site to t...  read more »
  • For the rest of the story see below but heres the negative part. This year they put in a new play ground and we were so excited but we didn't have time to take in the attraction. We paid our parking and asked how much to play in the playground, because you couldn't get to it from outside (it was gated!!) We were told FULL ADMISSION!!!! For my family that's $94.00. Background My Wife, children , and I have come here every year for 10 years and have a photo taken with the Big Nickel. It's our tradition. We have always enjoyed the playground to let our kids expend a little energy before getting back in the car. 2 years ago we came and things had changed. First there is now a ChArge for parking. I felt that this was ok as it would help contribute something even if you weren't taking in the attraction. Second they removed the playground. Not only did my kids 11,9 & 3 play there(not so much my 3 year old) but we always took a picture on the slide. This place has become more money hungry and should really Institute a small fee so kids can play at the park.
  • be worned you pay for parking... upset about this as I wanted to just see the big nickel and as a tourest destination was alittle suprised and frusterated.. Loved the exhibits that we went to see and the kids enjoyed the mine.. loved learning about the local mines in the area.
  • We found staff to be rude and little direction to what we are to be doing. we were going to go underground but after my exsperance with the staff at the door being very rude about were to stand we said forget it. I would not recommend to anyone
  • If you are in Sudbury, check out Dynamic Earth. It's a very nice Science Museum with lots to do and an amazing building.
  • There are so many activities, and the rotation of special exhibits (recent exhibits included a fantastic selection of artifacts from King Tut's tomb, and megalodon the prehistoric shark) means that there's always a reason to come back. It's a favourite destination for our kids, so of course we have a family membership. Plus, I've become quite skilled at panning for gold!
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