Sterling Hill Mining Museum digs deep into the world of mining, with tours for families and their kids to really immerse themselves in this geological mystery!
Once the Sterling Hill zinc mine, it now offers two hour tours (including one hour deep into the earth!) and exposes you to the Museum of Fluorescence gives you a "glow in the dark" experience as you are surrounded by all the fluorescent materials that can be found down there! You get to travel in a super fun open ore car, and suspended above you are long wave ultraviolet lamps which are actually fluorescing the materials! You can even do it to yourself - perhaps you want glow in the dark teeth or nails!?
Get ready to transform yourself into a super hero! (Little kids might be a bit unnerved so make sure you have a word with them about what is about to happen before you enter!)
Your tour also gets you to the main part of the mine, and a visit to the exhibit halls packed with items and gadgets you might have never seen before! Can you guess what they would all be used for? You can also explore the extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery - can you imagine having to use all of that every day? It's hard work!
Kids can also get their geology hat on in the Rock Discovery Center where they can dig for 6 different types of rock - and anything they uncover they get to keep! In the digging mood, there is the Fossil Discovery Center where they can also look for relics of the past. What do you think they all would have been back when they existed on the earth?
From the underground to the universe, those star gazers can attend their monthly night viewings in the Astronomical Observatory! Can you see all the craters on the moon? Maybe you can even spot Mars!
They also offer birthday parties if you wanted to celebrate your big day in a really cool and unique way!
Can you dig it?!
There are indoor and sheltered outdoor picnic tables for you to enjoy your own lunch, as well as a snack bar.
They have fascinating education programs covering topics like geology and mineralogy. They provide programs for teachers of grades 3 - 12, both on and off site. Make sure you have a chat with them on what you need so they can help!
Of course there is a gift shop! Allow time at the end to see what cool gems you can pick up!
All areas of the mine your have been designed for easy access. The entrance is on flat, concrete pavement. Visitors then have a long, gentle decline. Ramps are available in other areas, as well as handicapped accessible restrooms.
Regardless of the weather it is a cool 56° in the mine, so make sure you bring with you a light jacket or sweater! even in summer. Sturdy footwear is also a good idea.
You need to be part of a guided tour for the mines, but feel free to view the outdoor exhibits on the parking lot level on your own.