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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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Excellent day trip!

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... read more

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

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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Wayne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the mine with our 12 year old son. ..caught the 10am tour with Tony as our tour guide. He was excellent, knowledgeable, and funny! He really brought to life the hardships and hard work the miners did each and everyday. The favorite part of the mine tour was the rainbow room and the fluorescent tunnel. The colors hidden... More 

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Livingston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The informative Miner Ron was informative and kept this tour interesting even for the young children. The mine is most interesting but bring a light jacket or long sleeved shirt. The museum has a item hunt and this was good for the kids and caused interaction for all. This is a worthy trip in north Jersey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

"Super awesome" was the description that my 12 year old niece gave after our visit. As an adult, I pretty much agree with here. The site is something very different from most attractions. It is a wonderful combination of science, history and local culture rolled up in a tour that was both informative and easy to follow for both adults... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Amazing rock and mineral displays. Tony, our tour guide, was knowledgable and patient. Many artifacts and actual mining machinery all over the place. Rock hound and science geek heaven. Fantastic experience. (Wear closed toed shoes.)

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Nutley, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Easy to get to. Our guide on the mine tour, Tony, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The only thing we wished for was to see some of the equipment in action.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Even those who have never explored geology or industrial history will be thrilled by being surrounded by fluorescent minerals -- rocks that glow in bright colors when exposed to ultraviolet light. We took a guided two hour tour which led us through tunnels that were cut through a mountain when the site was a working zinc mine. Our guide's narration... More 

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West Milford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We have visited the mine and taken the tour several times. We have found that it is a great place to bring our visiting grandkids. They love it as much,or more, than the adults. The mine tour is amazing and very informative. The exhibition of minerals, many found only in this location, is quite an eye opener. You can really... More 

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new jersey, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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

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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Additional Information about Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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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