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!
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.
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.
Open seven days a week. — Closed Thanksgiving Day.
In honor of Veteran’s Day: Sun. Nov. 10th, Veterans go free (must show military ID).
Museum Store: Open daily, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Group Tours: Daily by appointment; call 973-209-7212 for info and bookings.
Public Tours: 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ONLY
Special Holiday Week Tour: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. November 29th - December 1st
Please plan to arrive 1/2 hour before the tour begins.
Rock Discovery Center: 12:00 p.m. (noon) Saturday and Sunday ONLY. Please plan to arrive 11:45 a.m.
Fossil Discovery Center: November 9 & 23— 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mineral Collecting: Permitted daily on the Mine Run dump, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Permitted only the last Sunday of each month
in the FIll quarry and Passaic pit areas, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken.
With so much to do you may want to stay for a day or two!
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.