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Overview of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Mineral Collecting
Fossil Discovery Center
Rock Discovery Center
Ellis Astronomical Observatory


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An enduring geological mystery. A world-famous mineral deposit. And, it’s all right here in a New Jersey museum, just an hour’s drive from New York’s George Washington Bridge!


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Learn about all the fun and educational activities at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.


The industrial complex that was once the Sterling Hill zinc mine is now open to the public as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

Join us for Underground Mine Tours, fantastic displays of "glow-in-the-dark" fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls packed with things you've probably never seen before!

Teachers:  Our mining museum offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for professional development and student activities — just click on the Education link to get started.


Zinc with Willemite
Willemite veins in zinc ore.


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Kids of any age can do geology field work in our in Rock Discovery Center by collecting 6 different types of rocks which they get to keep. At our Fossil Discovery Center you can collect lots of different fossils and take home 6 of them.

Our onsite Astronomical Observatory offers monthly night viewings. Come see the moon, stars, mars and more. All of these activities are fun learning expediences for school groups, scouts and birthday parties.

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General Schedule


In honor of Veteran’s Day: Tues. Nov. 11th, Veterans go free (must show military ID).

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Museum Store:   Open daily, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Group Tours:        By appointment only. Call 973-209-7212 for info and bookings.
Public Tours:       Held at 1:00 pm on Weekends only

Mineral Collecting:   Permitted daily on the Mine Run dump, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
                                     Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken.


Upcoming Special Events

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Museum closed for Thanksgiving
Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Time: All Day

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill (daytime only)
Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit  and "saddle" areas.  This event is open to the public.  Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter's claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection.  A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Read details Mineral Collecting.

Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does NOT include mine tour.
Age Requirements: 7 years & up on the Mine Run dump; 13 & up elsewhere

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Museum closed for Christmas
Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Time: All day


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The Sterling Hill MIning Museum
Our mission is to tell the story of the Sterling Hill Mine and to
inspire learning about earth sciences, engineering, and the responsible
use of the earth’s nonrenewable resources.