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“Nice day trip.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
973-209-6463
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ogdensburg
Type: Educational Sites, Mines, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
New Jersey
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“Nice day trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

I don't think it's as well known as it should be. It is interesting and informative. A nice unique mine. The mine tour gives an appreciation of the mining profession. My 5 year old was thrilled we were given fluorescent rock souvenir to take home. The staff is super nice and friendly. My son wants to return and look for fossils and other gems.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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“Hidden Gem, Enjoyable Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

The mine isn't exactly hidden but I don't think it's as well known as it should be. It is interesting and informative and yes -- unique. The mine tour gives a greater appreciation of the mining profession and even though it's close to 2 hours, it holds interest. My 6 year old was thrilled we were given souvenir "rocks" to take home as well. Bonus is that the staff is super nice and friendly. Definitely worth the drive!

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“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The tour was interesting. About 2 hours of stop and go walking. The cave is cool (in both senses), bring a light jacket.

Paid the extra $4 for the rock discovery and the kids loved it.

Visited September 2012
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“Pretty Interesting & educational- Long tour as descibed on Website”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Nice place to visit on a tour. However, kids 8 and below, my youngest daughter was getting tired and bored. My 10 year old didnt mind. It is a long 2 hour walking tour as described on there website. My daughters both wanted to get the free rocks especially the flourescent ones. That is the main reason why we visited this museum with another two families. We were a total of 11 visitors in a bunch of about 40 people on the saturday tour(beadvised) weekend tours start 1/2 hour earlier not described on website. So actually, get there at 0930 hours for a 1000 tour. It was a very educational and interesting tour. The tour guide was well verse and had humor through out the tour. Every worker there was very kind and friendly. My wife learned that REAL diamonds either flourest or dont shine(which means the diamonds are REAL). If the diamond you have glows yellow, than it is fake. She was happy when hers did not glow and her diamond braclet glowed blue under the flourescent lighting. After the tour we also did the other activity of braking (minig) the rocks. And we aslo did the find the 6 types of rock and take home in a box. All in all spent a couple of hours there. Did it done it. Enjoy

Visited August 2012
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“Great tour for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We have been planning to visit Sterling Hill Mine for quite a while and finally made the time on a cloudy and drizzling day. The mine tour is highly recommended. Our guide was Bill and he was clearly knowledgeable about geology and mines and many other things. He made the tour fun and engaging for our group that included (2) 50+, a 15 and a 7 year old. Definitely would have enjoyed more time in the Zobel Exhibit Hall and The Museum of Fluorescence - this place is Cool! So much to see and allotted time in each could have easily been doubled and kept everyone engaged.

This tour is not 2 hours of walking in a mine - it includes a stop in the Zobel Exhibit Hall, a stop in the Museum of Fluorescence with geology talks by the guide at each stop, and a tour in the mine. The mine is amazingly intact with the gear that the miners used when the mine was closed in 1986. Our family loves science and it was enlightening to hear that one of the goals of the mine is to encourage more kids to get interested in science. Good way to do it by making it cool and fun.

My 15 year old commented when we drove in that the place looked 'sketchy'. To hubby and I it looked cool with all sorts of mining equipment hanging around on display. With a little imagination you can get a good idea of what a hard, and necessary, job mining is.

Highly recommended. Great job Sterling Hill Mine!

Visited September 2012
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