With more than 12,000 items on display, the Zobel Hall Museum offers much to see.
Before this building was the Zobel Hall Museum, it used to be the miners' Change House. This was their first and last stop of their work day. The entire building was filled with about 300 steel lockers. Each miner had their own locker with a chain attached. The chain looped over a pulley in the ceiling and thence down to a basket, beneath which were two metal hangers. At the end of the day a miner would take off his wet and muddy work clothes, hang his shirt and pants on the hangers, put his boots in the basket, and pull the chain to hoist the basket close to the ceiling where the air was dryer. Thus, his clothes would dry overnight. Some of the original lockers and baskets can be seen in the museum today.
SOme Exhibit Highlights
Oreck Mineral display
Back where the miners' showers were, there is now a multi million dollar mineral display donated to us by the Oreck family. The Oreck Mineral Gallery contains hundreds of fine mineral specimens in fifteen custom-designed glass display cases with fiber-optic lighting. This is the finest display of minerals in the State of New Jersey. Special exhibits include pegmatite minerals, the minerals of China, Russia, and Africa, and displays of individual mineral species such as quartz, fluorite, calcite, stibnite, barite, celestine, and copper.
Fluorescent Mineral Display
In one corner of the museum there is a 7-foot-wide display of the local fluorescent minerals extracted from the Sterling Hill and Franklin zinc mines. Upon entering this room you will discover why the Franklin area is regarded as the "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World." This room gives visitors a taste of what is in store for them in the Warren Museum of Fluorescence, where more than 700 specimens of fluorescent minerals from worldwide localities are on display in three large rooms.
Periodic Table display
In the museum there is an interactive, 10 foot long representation of the Periodic Table of the Elements. Each of the 112 cubbyholes in this display contains a sample of the actual element, a representative sample of ore from which that element is obtained, plus an item made from that element. Currently we know of no larger or more complete display of the Periodic Table anywhere in the world. Click here to see an interactive online version of the display.