Cape Breton Centre for Heritage & Science

The Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science is located in the Lyceum, 225 George Street, Sydney. The Lyceum was built on an empty lot next to Sacred Heart Church. Branch 189 of the Grand Council of the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association of Canada (CMBA) had owned the land. For years their building stood on the south side of the Lyceum. The trustees of the CMBA Sydney Branch, who were Fr. MacAdam, Allan MacIntyre and Edward Hanrahan signed the property over to the Episcopal Corporation of Antigonish for $4, 000 by the deed dated July 16th, 1903. The original cost estimate to build the Lyceum was $30, 000 which escalated to $37, 000. The work was completed on May 19th, 1904.

From Coal-Field to Concert Hall:                                             the story of The Men of the Deeps,                                             Cape Breton’s own Coal Miners’ Chorus.

Formed in 1966 as a group to perform for the opening of the Glace Bay Miner’s Museum, the group proved to be so popular that they were asked to sing at Expo ’67 in Montreal. From there they became known across the country, and after  appearing with Rita MacNeil at Expo 86 in Vancouver, were asked to travel to China.
This exhibit will be available until March 20, and we are open 9-5, Monday to Friday, with a special weekend opening on March 5th from 12-5.


The Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science welcomes  to our museum –The Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association. They will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 3pm to assist researchers in their genealogy quests. Volunteer staff will be on hand to help along  with two computer terminals to visit the genealogy association website