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“Outstanding tour!”

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.
Upstate NY
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Outstanding tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Very interesting for all. Children were given a short scavenger hunt to keep them focused at the museum...lots of fun. Don't miss the flourescent rock display at the museum at the tour's start...it's behind a curtain.

Would not recommend the tour for toddlers...lots of walking but hard for them to stay focused and interested...plus it gets dark (of course!) Just wait until they are a little older, ie 7 yrs. old.
Really, really fun for anyone above toddler age.

After being there for hours, the whole family could not get enough of this interesting place...esp. the flourescent rocks! Also great for anyone studying earth science.

Outdoor picnic tables are provided so you can pack a lunch before the tour. We were there off-season and the indoor space was a bit cramped, so definitely bring you lunch, eat outside and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Looks like scouts/big groups can barbeque outside and hang out, too.

Ample free parking, easy location to find.

Visited September 2013
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Sparta, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Interesting for all ages !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Interesting place where you will get to see some rare gems and stones from all over the world. You also get a great history lesson of the area and get to take home some fluorescent rocks home. There is a cool tour underground, so bring a sweat shirt or sweater as it is cold and wear shoes that are comfortable and you won't mind getting a bit wet. The tour guide was very informative and don't forget to stop at the shop before you leave and pick up some of the special "Franklin -ite" rocks.....as we were told it's very hard to find rocks like these anywhere else in the world. If you want them to fluoresce however, you will need a black light to see it, but if you don't have a black light they are still cool to collect.

Visited November 2012
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Hightstown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Gorgeous gems!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

If you like looking at minerals, rocks and gems, this is the place to go. The tour of the old mine shaft was also fun. I was able to purchase some large, very cool rocks from around the world, at a good price. It is a little off the beaten track, but worth the trip.

Visited October 2012
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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A fun time for all !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We (my wife and I) are very well traveled both in the USA and far beyond (6 continents), so we are both a bit jaded when it comes to tours of any kind.

We've taken a number of mine tours in a few states and they have been pretty interesting, but the Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum are in a class all their own.

I believe our tour guide's name was Tony and he was just the epitome of a great guide should be: Entertaining, informative, and able to straddle the fine line of keeping both adults and children of all ages not only interested but actively involved in the tour and the fun facts.

All told, the Tour was about 2 hours and those 2 hours went a bit too quickly. We would have liked to have been able to spend more time in the huge museum as well as the mind-boggling flourescent rock collection at the end of the tour.

The aforementioned rock collection (IMHO) is the best I've seen.
If you live in the NY Metropolitan area or are just passing thru, this attraction is well worth your time.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was initially hesitant to visit the Sterling Hill Mine because I thought it was geared more for children than adults. And since I was traveling without any children I wasn't sure it would be worth stopping. I have to say I am very glad I did take a chance. Our guide, Tony, was very informative and our entire group ended up having a great time. Tony managed to engage the children and adults at the same time. Our tour lasted just over an hour through the mine and all of us were given a souvenir rock to take home. Now if only I had the black light to make it glow like it did inside the mine. Of course the gift shop does sell the black lights for anyone that can't resist!

Visited August 2013
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