For an “out-of-this-world” experience visit Emerald Village on certain special evenings to see fluorescent minerals come to life. Guided nighttime underground mine tours unlock vibrant hidden colors available only under ultraviolet light, commonly called black light. The brilliant coatings in the Bon Ami Mine are largely deposits of Hyalite Opal, a true form of Opal found in this area. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, these coatings fluoresce or glow a vivid lime green. There are other fluorescent minerals here, too, including Feldspar that glows pink to red, Manganapatite that glows cream to orange, and a rare phosphorescent blue mineral which, so far, has not been identified. This is one of the few places in the world to experience this underground magic at night. We provide the special lights, flashlights, and safety glasses. You provide comfortable walking shoes and a curiosity for a one-of-a-kind after dark experience! Don’t forget your camera to get stunning photos. The presentation and tour last about an hour. Reservations are not required. Custom tours available. Admission: Adults $15; Students (through high school) $10, pre-school free.
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