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Sterling Hill Mining Museum
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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.
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2012

Much to learn about gems and which rocks to locate them in

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New York, NY
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“Different, interesting and fun”
Reviewed 1 January 2012

Who knew that New Jersey and zinc once went together like mom and apple pie? This is a worthwhile attraction that provides an insight into the history and workings of the now defunct Sterling Hill zinc mine. The tour starts with a scavenger hunt in a mining museum and then proceeds to a tour of the mine itself. Our tour guide, a Wilford Brimley look alike, was informative and humorous. We liked it.

Visited December 2011
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Sparta, New Jersey
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139 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A great place to take family and friends”
Reviewed 10 December 2011

This attraction far exceeded my expectations! You get to go into the mine itself and be lectured by some very passionate volunteer guides about the history of mining at this location. You also are treated to exhibits on different ores and minerals within some of the old restored structures on premises. I took my family and met our friends with their family there one Saturday. The kids loved it, and so did I.

Visited August 2011
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Andover, New Jersey
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Nothing in the world quite like it”
Reviewed 2 December 2011

In the beginning of the 20th Century, two remarkable Zinc mines were opened in the small towns of Franklin and Ogdensburg, in the Northwestern corner of New Jersey. Together they produced the richest Zinc ore in the world. Although for many reasons both mines ceased their operation, the Ogdensburg mine, know as the Sterling Hill mine, has been opened to visitors for a nominal fee, and access to the top level of the mine is allowed. These mines also boast the greatest number of flourescent/phosphoresent minerals inn the world, and while touring the open portions of the mine, excellent exhibits within the mine show the extraordinary range of vibrant colors the otherwise unremarkable specimens aglow under short wave ultra violet light. I was born in Franklin and later resided in Ogdensburg, and have been to the now inaccessible depths of both mines. The Sterling mine is a non-profit operation, and I have no financial interest in it. It is well worth visiting.

Visited July 2011
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“If you've got a kid who likes rocks, this is a great place to go....”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

I visited with my wife and 3 daughters (8, 5, and 5). My oldest daughter loves rocks and she wasn't disappointed here. The tour starts in the museum that houses many mineral samples (both large and small), including a substantial display of fluorescent minerals. There's also quite a bit of mining equipment displayed. The tour guides are typically ex-miners and are very knowledgeable. A significant part is in the mine where the temperature is cool (about 60 deg underground). The walk isn't terribly long or difficult. The ground in the mine is a bit uneven, but it's well lit. There are some stairs (approx 30) at the end of the tour.

My daughters all received a free, small fluorescent mineral sample which they thought was cool. As the tour guide noted, many of the minerals on display here are only found at this site. My daughter was further impressed to find the same minerals at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC later in our vacation. The gift shop has an impressive array of rocks (both local and not local) for sale.

Visited July 2011
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