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!
$5 admission fee to enter dump
$1.50 for each lb. collected
Must be 7+
Closed footwear required (NO open-toed shoes/flip flops)
Eye protection required for hammer use
* Groups must have 15 or more people to schedule a tour, less than 14 persons should attend the Daily Public Tour *
Educational Field trips
College Level Tours (Geology, History, ect.)
All Scout Groups
Home School Groups
Organizations, Clubs, Camps & more!
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.
Sterling Hill Mine will repoen the day after Thanksgiving
Tours will be held that day at 10am & 1pm
Rock Discovery Center starts at 12pm
Arrive 15 minutes early to get tickets
Gift Shop: Open 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Group Tours: By appointment only. Call 973-209-7212 for info and bookings.
Public Tours: Held at 10:00am and 1:00 pm
Mineral Collecting: Open daily weather permitting on the Mine Run dump, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken. Please call ahead.
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.