Experience the Museum

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

  • Fall Hours beginning September 1 open five days a week -- Wednesday through Sunday | 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


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