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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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Address: 30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
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+1 973-209-6463
10:00 - 15:00
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Step Into Earth Science.... Come take a ¼ mile underground walking...

Step Into Earth Science.... Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in NJ. Most everything man made has something to do with mining. At the Sterling Hill Mining Museum well show you just how it's done. From drilling and blasting to the processing of the ore, we’ve got it all! While on tour you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent "Rainbow Tunnel" where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen. Right here in NJ is one of the world's richest zinc ore deposits, the area boasts over 350 minerals, about 70 of which fluoresce. That's about 10% of the known minerals in the world right here in NJ. As well as the richest fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. You can collect minerals from all over the world, including fluorescence, yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open.

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Hit the rockpile!

The tour is nice and lots of stuff on display in the museum buildings and tons of fluorescent rocks. Really beautiful. Spend an hour or two gathering your own rock specimens at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2017
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The tour is nice and lots of stuff on display in the museum buildings and tons of fluorescent rocks. Really beautiful. Spend an hour or two gathering your own rock specimens at the rockpile.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We were looking for something to do on a sunday (2 kids, ages 4 and 6) and stumbled upon this mining museum. It was a beautiful drive up and when we arrived we weren't sure what to expect. The girls loved the first part of the tour and the scavenger hunt really engages. The actual mine tour is so so... More 

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Oradell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Loved our visit to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Who knew they mined that much Zinc in New Jersey! Absolutely wonderful tour guide, Ray. Funny, personable, knowledgeable, informative - really made it all come alive for us. So much to see that one visit can't cover it all. A fascinating mine tour - a great museum. Young and old alike... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Spent about 1/2 a day there. Went early to "mine" for our own rocks. My kids are 8 and 10 so we could only go in an open area called the "Dump". Also, went on a tour, bring a sweater and wear closed toes shoes. Gift shop has a lot and not too pricey. I got myself a really cute... More 

Thank scampiekat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My kids , both under 10 years old enjoyed the tour and looking around museum. Tony was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable. Be sure to check out the website for the hours of the tour. Bring a sweater and wear close shoes.

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Branchville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I was not sure how a 2 hour tour was going to go over with my 7 & 5 year children. I should not have worried....they had a blast!!! We started the tour off in the exhibit hall that houses their vast collection of minerals.....the children participated in the scavenger hunt, which kept them engaged. We then ventured with our... More 

Thank Beverly P
Fords, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

My sister & I saw their booth at the Raritan Center Gem Expo in Edison, NJ & were so interested by their specimens! My sister recently asked if I wanted to go to the mine w/ her (she had to remind me that we saw their booth at the expo) & I'm so glad I went! The tour was very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We went to the Franklin Mineral Museum last year and learned about this mine. Overall, it was a very nice day. We came during the week, so not all of the activities were open, as they are on the weekends, when there are more visitors. We went on the dig and my daughter found several rocks she liked. Then we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We end up here at least once a year and my kids always enjoy it. They think getting to go into a real (dark) mine is exciting. The love seeing the florescent rocks. The love all the different stuff in the museum... Fossils, large rocks, the cool periodic table, old equipment, etc... Now they always want to go slushing for... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Family enjoyed the visit which included a scavenger hunt in the museum before the guided tour inside the former production mine. The ore is fluorescent and black lights display the beauty. The rock collection activity at the end of the tour is another innovative way to keep the kids involved (and get trinkets). Recommend a stop reasonable distance from NYC,... More 

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