The Zobel Exhibit Hall features more than 12,000 items on display, ranging from fossils and ore specimens to fluorescent mineral and copper, silver and gold presentations. The Oreck Mineral Gallery is housed in the main exhibit hall and houses hundreds of inspired mineral specimens in fiber-optic lighting glass display cases. Special exhibits include displays of copper, calcite, fluorite, barite and quartz, pegmatite minerals, and the minerals of Africa, China, and Russia.
The Periodic Table Display is a new 10-foot representation of the Periodic Table of the Elements, with 112 cubbyholes housing an example of the elements, and an item made from that element, such as a chunk of gold! The Fluorescent Mineral Display is set in a small room in the corner of the Zobel Exhibit Hall and features a seven-foot display of the minerals extracted from the Sterling Hill and Franklin zinc mines. This room offers visitors the opportunity to minerals glowing brilliantly in the dark in vibrant colors. The Precious Metals Display houses a collection of gold items from around the world, ranging from crystals and nuggets to sheets, and wires. The exhibit also displays ‘fool’s gold’ and specimens of native copper and silver.
Other exhibits in the museum include various kinds of ore specimens, fossils, and mining equipment such as compressors, dynamite detonators, jaw crushers, rock drills, and ore cars. The display on mining equipment also showcases the evolution of mining and the equipment that was used in the past such as oil lamps, candle picks, carbide lamps, and electric cap lamps.
The Edison Exhibition highlights Thomas Edison’s involvement in the mining industry between 1890 and 1900 and displays several items invented by Edison that was used in a large iron mining operation outside New Jersey. Articles and specimens displayed include telephones, phonographs, batteries, light bulbs, and miners' electric cap lamps, as well as specimens of iron ore, and photographs of his fully operating iron mining works.
The Fossil Exhibit features petrified wood, dinosaur bones, dinosaur eggs, stone embedded with dinosaur footprints and a full-size replica Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. The Meteorites exhibit showcases pieces of land from Mars and the Moon, irons, pallasites, stones, impact breccias, and blobs of glass tektites.
The Zobel Exhibit Hall is also home to a variety of artworks, paintings, and sculptures with a mining theme, including two beautiful European 19-century mine models, several oil paintings, and a collection of sculptures of miners at work in brass and bronze. Photo: Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum of Fluorescence
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