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
Education
Fossil Discovery Center
Rock Discovery Center
Ellis Astronomical Observatory
Testimonials

 

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 1/2 hour 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-MINE (6463) to confirm that we are open.

Fossil Discovery Center

Select days, May - November.
This is a $4.50 per person add-on option to the Mine Tour.

Rock Discovery Center

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

 

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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.

 

Tour Costs

$11.00 for Adults
$10.00 for Seniors

$   8.00 for Children age 4-12

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

If you are bringing a group of less than 10 people you do not need reservations — simply show up BEFORE the tour start time to purchase your tickets.

For larger groups (10 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 10 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 p.m. tour leaves at 1:00 p.m. SHARP!

Visit New JerseyAAA savingsPayment can be made by cash or check upon arrival at the museum.
We also accept money orders, credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only), and traveler’s checks. If paying in cash, please have all the cash for your family and friends collected prior to arrival.

*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

Cool Rocks! Take the Underground Mine Tour
and bring a FREE fluorescent mineral home.

 

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 museum store.

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

info@sterlinghillminingmuseum.org

Call 973-209-MINE (6463)

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