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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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A wonderful Family Adventure

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Teaneck, New Jersey
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Teaneck, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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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Boston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Went on the tour, it was about 2 hours long including a trip through the museum and gem/rock displays. The museum was small but impressive. The gem/rock collection was first rate. The tour was fun and our tour guide, Ray, was entertaining as well as informative. Ray shared a good amount of history including the mines impact on the local... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This place is really awesome. It was an active mine and you can actually go in the mine on a tour. The tours are only at 10 am and 1 pm when we went in Oct. 2014, so check the time. Our group was also quite large. I wish they had more time slots available. The exciting thing for our... More 

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Bethany, CT
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Nice to see an old working mine re- purposed for education. My 8 year old is really into rocks these days so we made a weekend trip out of visiting this mine and the Franklin museum too. The tour guide was great, and we were lucky to have an actual former miner in our tour group who was visiting after... More 

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Rochester, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Toured the mine and museum. Great tour. Very informative. Definitely worth the admission. It's a piece of American history and I was happy to walk through the mine. The tour guide did a wonderful job giving me the full scope of what a working mine would have been like.

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Minneapolis
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108 reviews 108 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a terrific attraction. Worth every penny of the $11. Tour guide Ray really brought to life the mining industry of the area over the centuries. Your tour starts where the miners started and ended their day in the locker room. Kids and adults are captivated. You will learn the history of this unique zinc mine and how the... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It's the largest florescent cave in the world. Went with my niece and nephew and my parents on my day off. Had a great time. Kids loved the florescent cave and having pick out their own rock to take home. It was quite nice to have the kids find things in the museum. It was a game which made it... More 

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