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“Enthusiastic Curator”

Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Dr. Stuart Critchley the Curator of the Fossil Centre was AWESOME! Who knew that what we thought were only rocks were so interesting. The man was very enthusiastic and entertaining. He kept telling my wife and I that after we concluded the tour of the Centre we'd wake up in the middle of the night and say "WOW today I held a seed fossil that was millions of years old." Well it wasn't that dramatic but we did have a much better appreciation of rocks fossils and petrified materials after his explanation and our tour of the Centre. It was very evident that Dr. Critchley loves what he does

4  Thank tonyvanilla
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

Mr. Jim Tobin, Chair, and I thank you very much for your kind words and support.
We hope to see you again in the near future.

Stuart Critchley

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Reviewed 26 August 2012

The Cape Breton Fossil Centre is a small museum exploring the natural history of the coalfields that were for many years the lifeblood of Cape Breton's economy. Coal and fossils go together.

The centre, located near the former railroad station in Sydney Mines, is staffed by a curator and summer student employees. The student employees are well-trained and bilingual, but on our tour we were lucky enough to have our student pulled away to serve a French couple. Our replacement was Dr. Stuart Critchley, curator, whose enthusiasm and passion for the field of fossils is impossible to ignore. He was able to interest even the two pre-teens in our group in the exhibits and communicate the story of fossils in this area with humour and zest. Many exhibits, some dinosaur mockups, and a hands-on, relaxed atmosphere make this a great family visit for tourists and an underappreciated asset for locals.

3  Thank bobledrew
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

Mr. Jim Tobin, Chair, and I thank you very much for your kind words and support.
We hope to see you again in the near future.

Stuart Critchley

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

I have loved fossils since I was a child and try to see them whenever I can. The collection at this small but loving museum is made up of specimens of early plant life found in Cape Breton around the ancient coal seams that make up part of the island. We were shown around the displays by enthusiastic college students who clearly love the fossils and were very well-informed about them. A tour of the entire museum is only about half an hour. (Next door is a lovely, equally small, heritage museum about the history of Sydney Mines, also quite worthwhile and included in the admission price.) But we were also lucky enough to get the opportunity to go with the museum curator, Dr. Stewart Critchley, on a fossil hunt, and that was amazing! We spent several hours at a rocky shoreline and he showed us how fossils of plant life are everywhere in the layers of sedimentary rock. We found some nice specimens. He truly loves finding fossils and sharing his love of the subject with others. We were told that, during the summer months, he will take people on fossil tours several times a week if there are requests to do so. If you are planning a visit to the area, call ahead and ask if you can join him. This was an experience we won't forget.

5  Thank freckles00
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

Mr. Jim Tobin, Chair, and I thank you very much for your kind words and support.
We hope to see you again in the near future.

Stuart Critchley

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Excellent, and Stewart Critchley is great with kids and very knowledgeable.

2  Thank J M
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

Mr. Jim Tobin chairperson and I would like to thank you for your kind words and support.
We hope to see you in the future.

Stuart Critchley

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Reviewed 28 June 2012

It's a bit un-nerving being escorted around, but being such a small museum with so much available to handle. I don't see what else they can do. Staff are knowlegable and friendly. There are lots of local fossils to look at and handle, and in the other museum the collection of pottery made by ex-miners is striking.

The admission fee is very modest and includes FREE leaflets, poster and FOSSIL.

I suggest to the museum organisers that they leave the giving of the freebies until the very end of the trip, Then the customer is in the right place to be tempted to partake of refreshments in the cafe.

2  Thank Pam635836
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James T, Manager at Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

Mr. Jim Tobin, Chairperson, and I would like to thank you for your kind words and support.
We certainly hope to see you again in the near future.

Stuart Critchley

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