The Cape Breton Miners Museum exists to enhance the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the events, experiences, and people associated with Cape Breton’s mining industry; how it shapes our history, our identity, and connects us to the world and its diverse cultures.
Situated on one of the most picturesque coasts of Cape Breton Island, on a 15-acre site filled with wild roses and grasses, the Museum pays tribute to the region’s long and rich history of coal mining. It is home to profound stories of miners and their families, and the resource that helped build a nation. The Museum is also home to the famous choir of miners – The Men of the Deeps.
While visiting with us, don’t miss an underground tour of the Ocean Deeps Colliery, a coal mine located beneath the Museum building. Retired coal miners are your guides for this excursion underground, and promise to entertain and inform you in a custom that has become treasured by visitors all over the world.
The exhibit area focuses on the geological development of Cape Breton’s coal field. Learn all about the various types of coal mining and mining techniques, see our vast display of equipment and listen to the stories of miners, the companies they worked for, their unions and their families.
The Museum is located only one mile from downtown Glace Bay on Birkley Street (off South Street).
Close to major attractions like Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, Marconi National Historic Site and the beautiful and historic Savoy Theatre, Miners’ Museum offers visitors of all ages an authentic and fun-filled day of adventure.
hours of operation
Summer Hours beginning May 31 open five days a week -- Wednesday through Sunday | starting June 28 open seven days a week 10:00-6:00 | Tours between 11:00-4:00 |
Admission: Adults $20; Youth $15 with Virtual Mine Tour $25/ $20
- Closed to the public October 15 - May 30 | Tours available for groups of 10 or more by appointment
CAPE BRETON MINERS’ FOUNDATION
Board of Directors and Executive
James Kerr, Chair
Bob MacDonald, Vice- Chair
David Forrester, Secretary
Brett Simmons, Treasurer
Shannon Campbell, Member at Large
Cecil Clarke, Member at Large
Rodger Cuzner, Member at Large
Todd Marsman, Member at Large
Candee McCarthy, Member at Large
Del Muise, Member at Large
Mary Pat Mombourquette, ex-officio, Executive Director