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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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Address: 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
Phone Number: 973-209-6463
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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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Nick the History Kid gives the Sterling Hill Mining Museum two thumbs up!

This is one of the best mine tours on the east coast. The staff, presentation, tour and content will educate you and your family in a fun and interesting manner. You will walk in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Nick M
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Flanders, New Jersey
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Flanders, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best mine tours on the east coast. The staff, presentation, tour and content will educate you and your family in a fun and interesting manner. You will walk in the same tunnels that the miners walked many years ago and will learn about the dangers they encountered. The "glow in the dark" fluorescent mineral rooms... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

You'll actually get to tromp around in the same tunnels that miners worked. See the real equipment they used, right there. Watch out for the occasional puddle from dripping tunnel walls. Absolutely fascinating!

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Thank iqwirty
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The minerals here (and at nearby Franklin) are unique in the world. There are several excellent collections of minerals ; a great museum The mine inspection was superb - the young guide , Anderson , was knowledgable , very entertaining and really cute :) great value; very educational

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Thank wildcrazygoats
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This was unexpectedly a very educational and interesting tour. My boys ages 6 & 9 enjoyed it. They remembered a lot of facts from it. Our tour guide Tony was excellent and not boring. The ride going there was hilly and i like the scenery. The site has a small place for hotdogs and and pizza so if you get... More 

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Thank lues16
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

My oldest daughter came as part of a school trip. She raved about it but since she's a rock collector and geology aficionado, I had my reservations. We finally took a family trip and it was an amazing experience. The tour is extensive and very informative. You learn a lot of history of NJ, mining, etc and it's a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is a great and safe opportunity to experience a real mine. This zinc mine once partially owned by Thomas Edison is a great historical experience. This experience actually takes you safely underground and gives you the feeling that you are in a working mine. The tour starts out in the museum that educates you about the mine as well... More 

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Thank Gforce61
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This mine and tour are amazing. Our family has a summer cabin near and we are on the third generation to visit the mine whenever we are in the area. The tours are always amazing with new information. This mine is unique in the world and the tour fascinates every age from school children, teens and older adults. Today we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Interesting museum with fantastic collections of minerals. Home of unique fluorescent rocks. Great tour guide, good mining tour.

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Thank Marie D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Took my mom whose 65 today to tour the mine. The tour guide was great, displays, stories, exhibits all were awesome. Next we visit NJ we will definitely come back. Next time we will bring the grandkids. The walking was easy and handicap accessible. Perfect for all ages.

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Thank Jennifer C
New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Brought the wife and daughters (ages 9 and 7) to the mine museum and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tour guide Tony was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour through the zinc mine was 2 hours long and very well thought out. Highly interesting and educational. The grounds of the mine is filled with mining equipment that is well... More 

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