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.

Enjoy our new two-part virtual simulator where you can learn about the daily routines and challenges miners faced. Additionally, you will experience the intensity of an underground disaster, offering a profound understanding of the risks involved in this profession.

The exhibit area focuses on the geological development of Cape Breton’s coalfield. 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 at 17 Museum St.

Close to major attractions like the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, Marconi National Historic Site and the beautiful and historic Savoy Theatre, the Miners’ Museum offers visitors of all ages an authentic and fun-filled day of adventure.


  • Summer Hours

    June 5 - June 25:
    Open Wednesday to Sunday

    June 26 - August 31:
    Open 7 days a week

    September 4 - October 19:
    Open Wednesday to Sunday

    Daily Hours: 10 am - 6 pm
    Last underground tour is booked at 4pm.
    Virtual Mine tours available all day.

  • Winter Hours

    By Appointment Only. Please phone us to book your tour today!

  • Admission

    Exhibits - Adult: $10 Youth: $7
    Virtual Mine Tour - Adults $20: Youth: $15 Family (4): $60
    Underground + Virtual - Adults: $25, Youth: $20 Family (4): $80
    5 and under free!


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