new jersey tourist attractions for kids and seniors Sterling Hill Mining Museum, northern New Jersey



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


sculpture of miner at sterling hill mining museum
Artwork and sculptures representing miner life are on display in Zobel Hall.


Thomas Edison Cap Lamp

Thomas Edison’s electric cap lamps lit the mine years ago.

Learn more about our Edison Connection.


Oreck Mineral Collection

Fine mineral specimens can be viewed in the Oreck Mineral Gallery located in Zobel Hall.






Ore Bin

See numerous outdoor exhibits and sculptures, including a 9/11 memorial with a beam from the World Trade Center.



The rainbow room fluorescent minerals

A Site to See! The Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence located in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum


Group Tours

Sterling Hill Mining Museum offers educational group tours for scout groups, summer camps, vacation tour groups, etc.

Length of Guided Tours

Guided tours last about two hours and include one hour & 15 minutes in the underground zinc mine, half an hour in our large exhibit hall, and about 10 minutes in our museum of fluorescence.

Tour Costs

Group Rates:
$11.00 for Adults
$10.00 for Seniors
$8.00 for Children age 4-12



Group rates apply only if the following criteria are met; otherwise the full rates ($1 more than those listed) will apply:
     1) Your group numbers 15 or more paying attendees;
     2) You booked your reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Note:  Purchase of a tour ticket does not entitle you to collect minerals on the Mine Run dump.  Admission to the collecting areas is a separate $5 charge.  Please see the Mineral Collecting page for details.

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
Ogdensburg, NJ 07439

Tel: 973-209-7212


Rock Discover Center for adults and kids


Take 6 samples home from the Rock Discovery Center.

Rock Discover Center for adults and kids


Find and take home many different fossils from our Fossil Discovery Center.



Group and Scouts experience the Ellis Observatory in new jersey


Tours for scout groups, school groups, and families are educational and fun!

There is plenty of free bus parking available at the mine.


Add-on Options

The Rock Discovery Center and Fossil Discovery Center (Scout & Birthday groups ONLY) are optional add-ons to your tour and will enhance its educational value. Each will add about 20-30 minutes to your stay and only $4.00 (RDC) or $4.50 (FDC) to your tour cost.

Please note, however, that participation in the Fossil Discovery Center is possible only for small groups such as scouts and birthday parties, and is subject to availability of trained personnel.

The Rock Discovery Center is available to all scheduled tour groups and is also open for general admission on Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 p.m., April through November. 


Payment should be made upon arrival by cash, check or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard,Discover & American Express accepted) inside the Gift Shop. If paying in cash, please have all the cash collected prior to arrival.

Group Size Limits

We can accommodate a maximum of 180-200 people on the same date.

The minimum group size is 15 paying attendees. If under 15 in number, please come for our 1:00 p.m. general public tour.

Booking a Tour

Tours can be booked only by calling the mine at 973-209-7212 and speaking to a reservations clerk.

Calling between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. is generally best. Please note in particular the following:

• Sorry, we do not schedule tours or dispense tour information via e-mail or fax. You must call and speak to a reservations clerk.

• Book a tour as soon as you can. Time slots for weekday group tours fill up quickly during the school year, and it is often necessary to schedule a tour months in advance. During the summer break and on weekends our schedule is normally much more open, but it is still advisable to schedule a tour as soon as you have a firm date in mind.


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WOW!!! Watch this Science & U! episode to learn about all the fun and educational activities at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.




• Please have two or three alternative dates in mind when booking a tour.

• We do not schedule "placeholder" tours — that is, we will not hold a date open for you while you check on whether that date works for you, or if buses or funds are available. This must be done beforehand. Once you schedule a tour, it implies a commitment both on your part and ours.

Are Necessary

Merely notifying us that you are coming with a group is insufficient, as your group may conflict with another already scheduled, or we may not have enough tour guides on hand to accommodate you. Group tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Call 973-209-7212.


The rainbow room fluorescent minerals


The Rainbow Tunnel — Take the Underground Mine Tour to see the only one like it in the world!

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel a tour or request a change of date, please call us as soon as possible so you will have maximum opportunity to reschedule, and so we may fill the vacated time slot with another group on the waiting list. Failure to notify us of cancellations in a timely manner causes major disruption at our facility and this may result in requiring a non-refundable deposit for your future bookings.

Please note that most of our tour takes place either indoors (in two exhibit halls) or underground in the mine, so tours take place no matter the weather. Weather extremes are cause for tour cancellations only when they constitute threats to public safety, as when roads become impassible due to flooding or hazardous due to snow.


full-size replica Tyrannosaurus Rex skull in NJ

A life-size replica of a T. rex skull is located in the Zobel Exhibit Hall along with minerals and artifacts.


Self-Guided Tours

Visitors are welcome to view the outdoor exhibits of mining equipment on the parking-lot level on their own, but entry to the mine or any of our buildings except for the museum gift shop/ticket sales area requires the presence of a tour guide.

General Information
for Groups

Upon arrival at the museum, your group will usually be brought en masse into our exhibit hall, where our younger attendees will participate in a scavenger hunt and view the thousands of items on display. Following this we will divide your group into smaller groups (approximately 25 people each), and a tour guide will lead you into the underground mine.

Upon exiting the mine your tour group will enter a museum of fluorescence, where hundreds of minerals, rocks, household objects, and other items are seen glowing brightly under ultraviolet light.

This order may be changed if other groups are already here upon your arrival, or if your own group totals more than 50-100 people. In either case we will then have to send different groups to different places in the museum. The order in which you see things, however, matters little — rest assured that each group will see everything and have the full tour experience.

Please note that regardless of the weather or season it is a cool 56° in the mine, so make sure each visitor brings a light jacket or sweater, even in summer.

There is plenty of free bus parking available.

We feature indoor as well as outdoor sheltered picnic tables, modern restroom facilities, a snack bar, and a fully stocked Gift Shop!

Call 973-209-7212

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