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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
+1 973-209-6463
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Beautiful rock collection

Very interesting tour and tour guide, easy walking tour through the well lit mine with many real... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
barbarawJ5598TK
NJ history.

Absolutely must see for families with kids who in love with rocks. Mineral collection - when you... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2018
Yulia S
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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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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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30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
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+1 973-209-6463
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour and tour guide, easy walking tour through the well lit mine with many real relics of the mine, tour guide had many informative stories to go with them. Plan to spend a couple of hours in the large rock collection and on...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely must see for families with kids who in love with rocks. Mineral collection - when you can choose minerals by your own (you can rent a hummer un the store for the deposit) and then buy them. They have shed with scales and ultraviolet...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

Sterling Hill Mine, now known as the Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum of Fluorescence, is a former iron and zinc mine in Ogdensburg. Mining began at the site in the 1630s. There are 56 kilometres of tunnels in the mine going down 629 metres...More

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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

Lots of fun and very interesting. Went with 3 kids ages 5.5, 8 and 10.5. All had a great time. Excellent tour guide, beautiful rocks, including the many fluorescent displays. Also a gift shop that was "the best gift shop ever" according to one of...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

In New Jersey! Who knew? What a great place to visit. This is one of the best places we have visited in New Jersey. This tour of New Jersey’s zinc and mineral mine was very informative. The underground tunnel system Was a real easy walk...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

One of the few places in the words where fluorescent rocks are naturally occurring, this world famous mineral deposit is now a mining museum offering a look into the past and a tour of the real mine. The entire experience is fun for the whole...More

1  Thank Natalie T
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Reviewed October 15, 2017

A great place ... the entire tour was a bit too long but each part were very entertaining ... just put together it was long . If you have 2-3 hours to kill an/or like rocks then this is great!

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

This a great way to spend a few hours with your family or if you have an interest in geology or business history. There is a public tour at 1pm each day and we've taken the tour half a dozen times over the years, the...More

1  Thank Acastus
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

I think we were just victims of poor luck on this trip - heard from a friend that this place had a fabulous tour of an underground mine so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately the tour guide we got stuck with was pretty...More

1  Thank TravelingGirl29
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

First time Visitor to the mines. The prices are good, our tour guide Debbie was Very friendly and knew a lot about the mine and the history of the surrounding area. The 2 hours for the tour is just about right. The only thing was...More

1  Thank cmarrero74
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egtimmons
June 10, 2016|
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Response from yumabatguano | Reviewed this property |
A good portion of the tour of the mine itself is. However there are several sections of the tour where there are stairs. I believe they have an alternate entrance to those sections. If you give them a call I am sure one of... More
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czarmaltzman
April 24, 2016|
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Response from Gforce61 | Reviewed this property |
No, you walk in to a tunnel at the base of a big hill. Everything is on even ground when it comes to mine tour. It's an easy walk and family-friendly.
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