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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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Address: 30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
Phone Number: 973-209-6463
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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Great for kids and adults alike. Learned some local history and cooled off on a very hot summer day (56 degrees in the mine). First saw the fluorescing minerals on a trip to the... read more

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Brevard County, FL
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Brevard County, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for kids and adults alike. Learned some local history and cooled off on a very hot summer day (56 degrees in the mine). First saw the fluorescing minerals on a trip to the Smithsonian and was fascinated to learn all about them right here where they were mined. You have an opportunity to collect some rocks yourself or just... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really wasn't sure what to expect to find at this attraction. We were there with 3 adults and 3 children between 9 and 15. With that range of people you would expect that someone would not have been satisfied, but each and every one of us enjoyed the tour and the museum. There is such a wide variety of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A rock-faced hillside with mining equipment greets visitors and your first thought is, "Did I come to the right place?" Yes, you did if you want to be amazed at the beauty existing below ground. The mine tour includes time in their excellent geology and mining museum, a guided tour of the top most layer of the mine, and ends... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone who worked here was very nice. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Its about 2 hours, start to finish. A little snack-buying area... nothing "healthy" but its good for the kids to eat a little before starting the tour.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had driven by this museum for over 20 years and finally decided to go check it out. Tony was our tour guide, and did a great job. He was a font of knowledge and had a great voice that projected well over some chatty children. (Apparently opera training does that for you!) Not only do you get to see... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in Ogdensburg, New Jersey, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum is easily accessible. Follow the signs on Route 23, turn off on Route 94 toward Sparta until you see a large sign for the Museum. There is a long driveway to the visitor's parking area. The Museum's Visitor Center adjacent to the parking area is where you purchase your tickets.... More 

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Red Lake Falls, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, Tony, was extremely knowledgeable about the mine itself as well as the minerals on display in the museum. Since we were a small group, we received a guided tour of the museum, as well. Inside the mine (which feels great on a hot day) you learn about every aspect of mining and what it was like to work... More 

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New Kent, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Step back in time. This obscure mine and museum offer a look into minerals, our history, economics, fascinating facts and eye popping colors of the natural world. Tony, great guide. Plan on 2.5 hours. Do not miss interactive periodic table, hits shop and a look at your money, fingernails and diamonds under UV light! Worth the side trip! Also, please... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

was not crowded at all on 4th of July weekend (Saturday). They had some food there but not much: hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza and beef&potato pie. Rather old decor - has not been updated since 70's. But perhaps that adds to the experience. Such nice folks. Had "Ray" the miner take us on tour (at 1:00...there are only two... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting stop. Great tour guide. We even arrived a little late for the tour **(they only have tours at 10am and 1pm)** and they brought us in to catch up.

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