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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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AWESOME TRIP!

This was a great place to go on a field trip or even a day trip with your family. You really learn about the mining life and the tour is a lot of fun. All the guides are very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
jenevieve24
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new jersey, usa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to go on a field trip or even a day trip with your family. You really learn about the mining life and the tour is a lot of fun. All the guides are very knowledgeable.

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Neshanic Station,NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Experienced past mining activities in a safe way. Enjoyed the mineral collections and the glowing (-fluorescent) minerals. The former change area with mining relics and artifacts and the newer mineral displays are highlights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I am a rockhound so visiting Sterling Hill Mine Museum was a given. This place is awesome! The price is right, the staff are down to earth and friendly. I loved everything about it! The mine tour guides were informative and entertaining.

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NE Pa
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Great way to spend the day with the kids. Best for 9 year old kids on up- boys and girls. As we were with a large Scout pack, we had reserved a tour. We started chipping away at rocks outside, hands on fun for the kids as the rock are very unusual. We filled up some egg cartons and had... More 

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Manhattan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Just a wonderful and enjoyable way of spending a day with your kids, digging, seen-in, touching and learning about this amazing place, a few miles from NYC. The rocks really glows like the picture in the U-haul truck that first let me to this place. the mine tour is a must and the amount of information about mining, mineral and... More 

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Riverton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My son is very much into rocks, crystals and fossils. I took him here for his 8th birthday. He loved it! It is reasonably priced and the tour is well done. Just be sure to plan properly. They have a kids rock demonstration/find at noon and then the mine tour at 1. The tour lasted until 3:15 or so, so... More 

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

There is one tour of the mine every day. Since I went during spring break, there were over 150 people waiting to tour. However, they were prepared and had enough staff to put us in groups of about 25. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept the kids engaged. He was very patient with the kids questions, and told us... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum was an amazing tour not to be missed. We were taken on an amazing trip into the oldest mine in the US. Children would love this adventure as they are given the opportunity to pan for gems as well as take the guided tour. There is a cafeteria available for food purchase or bring your... More 

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Hamburg, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visit the mines and feel what it was like to work below ground. Many treasures in the gift shop as well. Learn about minerals and gems and the history of zinc mining in Ogdensburg and Franklin, NJ

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I wasn't expecting much from the mine tour and was really impressed with the experience. The two hour tour goes through the mineral museum, mine and fluorescent rock room. I would have liked more time in the fluorescent rock room. Other than that, my only other complaint is that our tour group had close to 150 people. We split up... More 

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Additional Information about Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Address: Address: 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
Phone Number: 973-209-6463
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Ogdensburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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