Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, Sudbury

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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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  • August 15, 2017
    We had a great visit to this attraction. You haven't lived until you've explored a real mine. Be mindful that this attraction is 70 metres underground so it is a bit cooler than surface level and it's...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We were a little skeptical driving up to what was once a free nickel experience. Upon venturing inside we were dazzled with lots of stuff for kids to do, inside and out! A big hit was the tour of the ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Great visit to the Big Nickel. Kayla our tour guide in the mine was awesome. Would recommend to everyone.  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Decent for a one time thing. Cannot see a reason for repeat visits though. Their highlight is the underground tour which is informational about mining and Sudbury's past but that is about it. What else can be done for tourist or even locals to retake the tour??? The mini museum section, theatre, playground is a nice add-on. Check it out if in the area. It is also nice that paid parking voucher here is also valid for use at Science North.
  • July 7, 2017
    Living within a a few kilometers, my rating is not the best reflection. It's a must see when visiting Sudbury! Happy 150 Canada! I recommend The Big Nickel Show each night. Awesome light show on the nickel free! I recommend the 11:00pm show because it darker and be prepared for bugs!
  • April 25, 2017
    My son was doing a project on Nickel and Silver - so we planned an impromptu overnight visit to Sudbury... we had a Great Time at Dynamic Earth - the tour guide was knowledgeable - lots of interaction and some great simulators and shows on everything you ever wanted to know about mining and metal extraction and refining - the girl at the front desk was blah..... and not helpful that cost them the fifth star... Awesome experience though
  • April 30, 2017
    I was truly surprised by this museum. I was under the impression Dynamic Earth was a regular walk-through museum, but it was a guided tour! (Mind you, decently expensive as well). They take you right through a real mine, show the development of mining equipment and even have interactives for the members on the tour. The tour guide was both hilarious and knowledgeable. Note: do NOT wear your nice shoes to this tour!
  • July 1, 2017
    The mine tour hate was a lot of fun. The exhibits are great! Staff is awesome!

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