fluorescent mineral during underground mine tour at sterling hill mining museum Sterling Hill Mining Museum, NJ


Tour the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in 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


miners sculpture in zobel hall at sterling hill mine
Artwork — including cast bronzes are showcased in Zobel Hall.



miners lunch box on display in Zobel Hall at sterling hill mine
Miners’ Lunch Pails on display in Zobel Hall.


Individual & Family Mine Tours

Sterling Hill offers Public Mine Tours for individuals and families according to the schedule below. One should try to arrive 15 minutes ahead of the tour time to relieve congestion.

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Public Tour Schedule

View our current Tour Schedule for dates and times.

In case of inclement weather it is best to call ahead 973-209-7212 to confirm that we are open.

Rock Discovery Center

Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 PM ONLY.
April - October.
This is a $4.00 per person add-on option to the Mine Tour.


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Current Tour Costs

$12.00 for Adults
$11.00 for Seniors 65 years+
$ 9.00 for Children age 4-12

FREE for Children 3 and under
Military personnel see * below.


If you are bringing a group of less than 15 people you do not need reservations — simply show up BEFORE the tour start time to purchase your tickets.

For larger groups (15 or more people) please see the section on Group tours for a discount on reservations made in advance (at least two weeks). If you are coming in a group of 15 or more and do not have a reservation, please call in advance (that morning or the day before) so we can be sure to have a sufficient number of tour guides available. The 1:00 PM tour leaves at 1:00 PM SHARP!

Visit New JerseyAAA savingsPayment can be made upon arrival inside the Gift Shop. Payment should be made by cash, check or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard,Discover & American Express accepted) upon arrival at the museum.

*Military personnel (both active duty and veterans):  You, your spouse, and your children will each get $1 off your ticket prices in each price category listed above.  Please bring some form of ID showing military status.

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.


Zoolander movie set at sterling hill mining museum


Part of the movie set for Zoolander.


Fluorescent minerals


General Information

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

Visitors are welcome to view our outdoor exhibits of mining equipment on the parking-lot level on their own, but entry to the mine and any of our buildings except for the gift shop/snack bar/ticket sales area requires the presence of a tour guide. Self-guided tours are NOT allowed.

Please note that regardless of the weather or season it is a cool 56° in the mine, so make sure you bring with you a light jacket or sweater, even in summer. Sturdy footwear is also advisable. While in the mine you will be walking on a hard-packed gravel surface.

Our museum features indoor as well as outdoor sheltered picnic tables, modern restroom facilities, a snack bar, and a fully stocked Gift Shop.

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


Call 973-209-7212

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