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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant St, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126
+1 973-209-6463
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Birthday fun!!

What a great family fun day! Would highly recommend!! Enjoyed the tour and doing our own mining!! A... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle W
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rock star

there is a room where you can see rocks that fluoresce. there is a place to climb through rocks to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Youngstown, Ohio
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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
+1 973-209-6463
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great family fun day! Would highly recommend!! Enjoyed the tour and doing our own mining!! A must do!

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there is a room where you can see rocks that fluoresce. there is a place to climb through rocks to collect one for yourself. there is also an underground tour of a mine.they also have quite a collection of old mining equipment.

Thank souperbev
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We did the 1PM tour of the mine on a Saturday and had a great time with the family. 2 Seniors, 2 adults, and a child in our party. The tour is about 2hrs, with a group of about 20 ppl or so. Stroller safe...More

Thank RobChills
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I really enjoyed my visit. Debbie was a lively, interesting, and friendly tour guide. My ancestors were coal miners, so it meant a lot to me to see something of what their lives were like. I was very pleasantly surprised by the extensive collection of...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Zinc mines in New Jersey, Fluorescent Capitol of the World! Having grown up in New Jersey, I knew about mines in its northwest corner, one of the state's more beautiful areas. I only had knowledge of coal mining, mostly as seen in the movies and...More

Thank Emily D
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Great time by all. Very informative and interesting from start to finish Debbie our tour guide was exceptional,friendly and great with all the kids,especially the cub scouts. She went out of her way to help my wife choose some minerals that glow under ultra violet...More

1  Thank Danny L
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The tour is nice and lots of stuff on display in the museum buildings and tons of fluorescent rocks. Really beautiful. Spend an hour or two gathering your own rock specimens at the rockpile.

1  Thank SoloEd
Reviewed 4 November 2016

We were looking for something to do on a sunday (2 kids, ages 4 and 6) and stumbled upon this mining museum. It was a beautiful drive up and when we arrived we weren't sure what to expect. The girls loved the first part of...More

1  Thank lmsiegel
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Loved our visit to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Who knew they mined that much Zinc in New Jersey! Absolutely wonderful tour guide, Ray. Funny, personable, knowledgeable, informative - really made it all come alive for us. So much to see that one visit can't...More

1  Thank MariaRini
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Spent about 1/2 a day there. Went early to "mine" for our own rocks. My kids are 8 and 10 so we could only go in an open area called the "Dump". Also, went on a tour, bring a sweater and wear closed toes shoes....More

1  Thank scampiekat
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10 June 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
24 April 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.