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Step Into Earth Science, Most everything man made has something to do with mining....
Preservation of the mining history of the Sterling Hill-Franklin mining district and its minerals. Tours of an actual underground mine. Promoting earth science education.
Former working mine.
Educational, scientific study, historical preservation, outreach
in education of earth sciences.
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, understanding, and appreciation of the history of mining, mining technology, mineralogy, and geology unique to the State of New Jersey through scientific research and educational programs. Tours of an actual underground mine.
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. Right here in NJ is one of the worlds 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 best fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. Come take a tour of a real underground mine and see for yourself the one and only fluorescent “Rainbow Room” and the world’s largest collection of world wide fluorescent's anywhere on earth. You can collect fluorescent minerals yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open.
A visit to the Sterling Hill
Mine is a minimum two hour visit to the last underground working
mine in NJ. This mine along with its sister deposit in Franklin
which were zinc mines, ranks as the richest zinc deposits in the
world and one of the ten most famous and unique mining districts
in the world. The district is home to over 340 different mineral
species, about 10% of all known species in the world today. Of
these 340+ minerals, 80 are fluorescent under ultraviolet light or
"glow in the dark". Tour guides will walk you through the
underground mining areas to see the tunnels and shaft where miners
once worked. On the tour a visitor will see a vein of the zinc ore
under ultraviolet light and see it fluoresce or "glow in the dark"
and get a free piece of the ore. This district is one of the
oldest in the country, dating back to the 1700's.
All this just one hours drive from New York City. Especially suited for classroom visits. Optional student on-site event called the Rock Discovery Center is available. Call for details.
Many various collections consisting of minerals viewed under visible and ultraviolet light, mining equipment and artifacts and education displays.
Over 40 displays of mining artifacts and minerals are on permanent display in the main exhibit hall.
There are over 100 pieces of mining machinery on exterior display around the museum grounds.
The Museum is open from April
1 to November 30, seven days a week.
Closed for Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving.
Gift shop hours 10 A.M.- 3 P.M.
We are also open, weather permitting, for the weekends in December and the week between Christmas and New Years Day
Open during weekends for the month of March
Tours for the regular season seven days a week are held at 1:00 pm*.
Tours are available for March and December by appointment.
Closed January and February.
* Tours are available at other times by chance or appointment.
Normal hours of operation are 10:00am to 3:30pm on all days that the museum is open for tours (see calendar). Anyone contemplating a visit to the gift shop outside our normal schedule is advised to call ahead (973-209-7212) to inquire if the shop can be opened that day. Credit cards accepted in the gift shop include Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Currently we are not equipped for credit-card orders over the phone, so all purchases must be made in person. However, we hope soon to have more options available for purchases by phone or mail order. Please watch this site for further developments.
Located just off Route 517 in Ogdensburg, NJ. Route 517 is connected to Route 15 in Sparta, NJ or to Route 23 in Franklin, NJ
Richard Hauck, President
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