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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: Mines, Specialty Museums, Educational Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Orangeburg, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is a former iron and zinc mine. It was the last working underground mine in NJ when it closed in 1986. It became a museum in 1989. I came here to visit with my two sons ages 8 and 10 and two nieces ages 6 and 10. What a great place! The tour starts in... More

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Newton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although the tickets are not cheap ($11.00 per person), you definitely get your money's worth at this little-known museum. There is a mine tour with a very knowledgeable guide that takes about 2 hours, and you can certainly spend hours in the museum. There are rare minerals from around the world, a room of fluorescent minerals, and just about anything... More

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West Milford NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

I live only a half hour away and now wonder why I didn't visit sooner. Very nice museum with tours and interactive 'Panning' and 'mining' for minerals. All smiles on visitor,s faces (and staff members too). The 2 hour tour is excellent. Good rainy day place too.

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This area of New Jersey, the Franklin-Sterling Hill mining district, is geologically unique with over 360 minerals found in one locality, more than anywhere else in the world, and over 85 of minerals here fluoresce which is also more than anywhere else. One of these fluorescent minerals is willemite which, along with zincite and franklinite, is a valuable zinc ore... More

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was a nice place for something different to see. We did the tour, which includes some time in the exhibit hall (maybe 30 min?) and the museum of florescence(maybe 15 min), but I wish we had more time in the museum areas, since we didn't get to see it all, and there's no way to pay for just a... More

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New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Took my family of four to the Museum on a warm afternoon. We were in a group of 26 that was led by a new tour guide. He had some quirks and was not personable, but the mine was the real show and we found it fascinating. The museum is part of the tour. You only get 30 minutes in... More

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Stony Brook
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If you’re in the area and/or you’re a geologist, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum tour is a fun thing to do and well worth the $11 price of admission. This site is famous for its zinc minerals, specifically zincite, willemite, and franklinite. The willemite from this location is very fluorescent under short-wave ultraviolet light, making mineral samples from Sterling Hill... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I really enjoyed my trip to the mine. They have a tour just once every day. But for half an hour after the tour begins you hang out at the museum, before you actually go into the mine! We were about 10 minutes late- so that worked out perfectly for us. The museum has fossils, florescent rocks and real gold... More

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Visiting the mining and mineral museum and then touring the actual mine was fantastic. One thing to know is that you cannot visit the museum unless you are part of a tour. It's 30 minutes in the museum and then 90 minutes of a guided tour through several sections of the old mine. My 13 year-old son wasn't so sure... More

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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We stopped at this mine on our way home. My son totally enjoyed the tour. He has been studying minerals in school. The best part was going into the mine and seeing all the glowing rocks.

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