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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
973-209-6463
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ogdensburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Step Into Earth Science.... Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest...
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Type: Educational Sites, Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This place is really awesome. It was an active mine and you can actually go in the mine on a tour. The tours are only at 10 am and 1 pm when we went in Oct. 2014, so check the time. Our group was also quite large. I wish they had more time slots available. The exciting thing for our... More 

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Bethany, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Nice to see an old working mine re- purposed for education. My 8 year old is really into rocks these days so we made a weekend trip out of visiting this mine and the Franklin museum too. The tour guide was great, and we were lucky to have an actual former miner in our tour group who was visiting after... More 

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Gothem City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Toured the mine and museum. Great tour. Very informative. Definitely worth the admission. It's a piece of American history and I was happy to walk through the mine. The tour guide did a wonderful job giving me the full scope of what a working mine would have been like.

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Minneapolis
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a terrific attraction. Worth every penny of the $11. Tour guide Ray really brought to life the mining industry of the area over the centuries. Your tour starts where the miners started and ended their day in the locker room. Kids and adults are captivated. You will learn the history of this unique zinc mine and how the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It's the largest florescent cave in the world. Went with my niece and nephew and my parents on my day off. Had a great time. Kids loved the florescent cave and having pick out their own rock to take home. It was quite nice to have the kids find things in the museum. It was a game which made it... More 

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have lived in the area my whole life and never did this tour before. Very neat experience. It's a 2 hour tour with demonstrations. The fluorescence rooms are amazingly brilliant and the museum is full of authentic artifacts. No worries about claustrophobia or being taken down in a caged-in man slip like some other mines. Not for families who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Just a great day with the family. I went with wife and nearly 5 year old. We all had a blast. The tour was informative and very fun. I recommend going on weekend because a miner-Doug- from the mine (circa 1980's) helps with the tour on weekends. Amazing to hear from someone who was there. Recommend spending the 5 for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I brought three boys age 7 and one girl age 10 - and they were in awe from the moment we got out of the car! We took the tour and did the sluicing... Sharing two buckets between 4 kids for the sluicing and everyone STILL had a ton of gems to add their already full bags of rocks they... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just got back from visiting this museum today. A very nice day out. On a hot and humid day, the chilly air underground was a welcome relief! Our guide's name was Liz and she was extremely informative, friendly and clearly loves her job. This place is excellent for all ages.....some of the fluorescence displays drew loud ooooohs and aaaaahs from... More 

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Newfoundland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is great for adults but please do yourself a favor and don't bring kids under probably 10 here. We could not find any information for the tour and it was going to be a real hot day so we figured we would give it a go. My kids are 3, 5 and 7 and I thought bringing them to... More 

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