Franklin Mineral Museum is teacher friendly. We offer a variety of
"fun while learning" themes that will fit a wide range of curriculum.
Although our primary focus is mineral science, geology, and local
mining history, we also touch on the science of archeology and
anthropology. Field collecting and mineral identification are also
an important part of our program.
tours can be customized to meet the needs of your curriculum. The
museum collections are arranged in systematic order making them easy
to follow instructional aids. Our local room focuses on Franklin -
Ogdensburg mineralogy, nature of the ores, commercial exploitation
of the deposits, geology and local history. Our fluorescent mineral
display is the most comprehensive Franklin-Sterling fluorescent
mineral display in the world! In this room students will learn about
museum also features a life-size mine replica that depicts the
mining method used in the Franklin Mine. The building that houses
the mine replica is on the New Jersey State Historic Site Register
and was once the engine house for the Taylor Mine that operated from
the mid to late 1800's.
museum tour will then change themes as your group is led into our
Indian Room. The Indian Room is a big hit with students and teachers
as it brings us back to a culture that depended on nature to
survive. It gives our visitors a better understanding of how past
cultures used rocks, bones and other naturally occurring materials
to fashion crude tools for survival. Many of our stone tools
were collected in New Jersey including Sussex County.
to the Indian Room we go further back in time to our fossil room.
The museum has one of the best petrified wood collections on public
display in the world featuring polished slabs up to nearly 4 feet in
diameter! Curiously, one of the most popular exhibits in the fossil
room is the dinosaur dung. This exhibit also features fossil shells,
fish, bugs, crustaceans, and dinosaur footprints.
the short break from minerals, the tour then enters the Welsh Room.
The Welsh Room houses the world's most comprehensive display of
world-wide minerals. There are over 5,000 specimens on display here
and a total of 6,317 specimens and artifacts in the Welsh
collection. This room is a science teacher's paradise! The
collection is arranged systematically with segments of the
collection independently depicting basic rock
forming minerals, geology, crystallography and mineralogy.
having completed the museum tour will have the opportunity to
collect on the world famous Buckwheat Mineral Dump. This 15 acre
tract of land is what is left of an enormous discard pile of lean
ore, pegmatite, volcanic intrusive and more. Hundreds of different
mineral species have been found there over the years. The museum can
provide mineral check lists as a teaching tool for teachers. We can
also provide rock kits for teachers containing examples of 14
identified mineral species from the Buckwheat Dump for the nominal
fee of $7.50.
Identification services are available on site (free). Dark rooms are
provided for checking for fluorescence. The museum also has a mineral
research laboratory for mineral research and identification.
Educators are welcome to preview the museum to help optimize their
curriculum. Call 973-827-3481 for further information.
Recommended Books on the area:
earth science teachers grade 5 to 8: "Magnificent Rocks" - $15.00.
This is a work book of Franklin - Sterling mineralogy, geology, and
history. By Dr. Pete
J. Dunn, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
and Mrs. Susan Cooper, retired teacher from Ogdensburg Elementary
School, Ogdensburg, NJ.
teachers and the curious: "Story of Franklin and Sterling
By Dr. Pete J. Dunn.
and Sterling Hill, "the world's most magnificent mineral deposits"
By Dr. Pete J. Dunn 1995. This is the most comprehensive up-to-date
publication about Franklin and Sterling Hill. Available in five
parts plus two supplements. Parts I to V $30.00 each, supplements I
and II $25.00 each. Complete set is $200.00. Available through the
Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society P.O. BOX 146, Franklin, NJ
07416, the Franklin Mineral Museum or the Sterling Hill Mining