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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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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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Loch Arbour, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A really good and educational tour. There were a lot of people the day we went but they handled the number well, by having three tour guides each with their own group. There is a sluicing activity which was a great value since you end up with a lot of gems and fossils.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife, 2 girls, and a friend visited the Sterling Mine after my daughter gushed about it on a field trip. We had a 1 o'clock tour scheduled and while we waited ate lunch in the small cafeteria. I love that we were able to bring in our own food. The staff here are so nice and accommodating. One worker... More

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Orangeburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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