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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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Description: 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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Fun, educational, affordable!

My son, age 10, wanted to learn about mining and do some himself. This was a perfect opportunity! The tour was great, our guide, Tony, was very knowledgeable and the mineral... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My son, age 10, wanted to learn about mining and do some himself. This was a perfect opportunity! The tour was great, our guide, Tony, was very knowledgeable and the mineral collections were spectacular! The tour lasts a good two hours (bring a sweatshirt!) and is really packed with information. Afterwards, for a very reasonable fee, we went and "mined"... More 

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New Jersey, United States
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Our guide was very informative and told lots of bad miner jokes for the kids. The tour lasted approximately two hours, starting with a half hour in the museum, then we had a very educational trip through the mine, and we ended up in the geo center where we saw a lot of cool rocks that glowed different colors under... More 

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Vernon, New Jersey
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This a great tour! Our guide, Ray, was informative and funny. Before going into the mine there is a museum where a guide will give historical information. There is also a challenge given to the kids to locate several items in the building. The mine is nice and cool so this is a great way to escape summer heat. There... More 

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Scranton Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is an excellent 2 hour tour, informative for kids and adults alike. As an added bonus, it was 95 degrees outside, and 55 inside the mine. The first part of the tour is a museum building with all kinds of artifacts from the defunct zinc mine. It also shows what zinc is used for,most people don't know much about... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It could be that I've never been to a real mine before, but I truly enjoyed the tour and the museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and attentive. Going through the mine gave you a real sense of what the workers had to endure every day. And made you appreciate how dangerous and challenging this profession is. Another fascinating... More 

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Tuxedo Park, New York
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This place is great. You could go several times and you will still see or learn something new each time. I brought 82 kids ranging in ages from 5 to 13 and they all loved it. It's an easy and affordable rainy day activity. The tour guides all add their own flavor to the mine tours. Nobody will be disappointed.

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I have lived in NJ my whole life and heard of the Sterling Mine Museum but never took the day trip. It was fantastic. We went with a 10 year old girl and 8 year old boy and they both loved it. They offered two tour times: 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. We did the 1:00 p.m .tour. It was... More 

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Long Island, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a great place to visit , the mining tour is great, although it's very long, not so good for very little kids , they get bored. You can also buy a bag of gems or fossils for $8 and the kids can sift through and find their gems. It's a bit of a rip off considering it's pretty... More 

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NJ
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We have been wanting to come here for a long time and we finally made it this weekend. There were eight of us, 5 adults, one 16 year old, one 14 year old and one 6 year old. We took many pictures, really enjoyed all the artifacts and the mine tour itself was very cool. I had a few questions... More 

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Our tour guide, Tony, was full of interesting facts not only about the mine and its operation, but the surrounding area and what conditions would have been in mines around the world. The tour was about two hours, but it went by so quickly we didn't notice. They have added things to the tour that really add to the experience,... More 

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