Ogdensburg, New Jersey: Mine Tour, Largest Display of Fluorescent Rocks

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, NJ
Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Just south of the Franklin Mineral Museum. Proceed west on Hwy 80 past Denville to exit 34B (Hwy 15 N.). Take Hwy 15 to the second Sparta exit (Franklin-Sparta) for Hwy 517 N. Follow Hwy 517 for 2.5 miles to Ogdensburg. In Ogdensburg, at Brooks Flat Rd, is a brown sign for the Sterling Hill Mining Museum on the left (west) side of the road; turn left here. Proceed down the hill for a half-mile and turn right on Plant St. Follow Plant St. one mile to the stop sign and turn left, then immediately left again into the Sterling Hill Mining Museum entrance.
Summer tours daily 10 and 1, fewer off-season. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
Adults $11, Kids $8, Addtl fee for Mine Collecting, Rock Discovery Center
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Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Mine Tour, Largest Display of Fluorescent Rocks
Enter an authentic zinc mine, with mining dioramas around every corner. Where "Zoolander" was filmed. Includes the Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence, which has the world's largest display of fluorescent rocks. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Mine Tour, Largest Display of Fluorescent Rocks

Fantastic collection, friendly staff.

[MoniHampton, 05/28/2019]

Sterling Hill is one of the best places to admire old mine buildings and equipment, underground passages, and glow-in-the-dark minerals.

Fluorescent rock display.

Mine Tour, Largest Display of Fluorescent Rocks

Plan at least two hours for the tour. The mineral collecting section isn't that great, but they have a fantastic gift shop with tons of great specimens. The fluorescent rock selection was great. There was nothing about Zoolander on our tour. Very limited hours - tours are only at 10 and 1. You cannot go to the museum without the tour. Since the tour is 2 hours, it means you will not have time for mineral collecting after if you do the 1 pm.

[Molly, 09/05/2017]

We took a tour with the Zoolander mentions in 2006, and even then the prop coal was more of an aside than a key tour stop.

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