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


Oreck Mineral Collection

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

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.


Ore Bin

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



the underground mind tour incuding the Warren Museum of Fluorescence

The Underground Mine Tour — The only one like it in the world! View fantastic fluorescent minerals and learn about mining techniques and local history.



Mining & Dining

Sterling Hill Mining Museum offers a great way to start a day of touring our mine then following that with dining at one of Sussex County, NJ’s places to eat.

Northwestern New Jersey’s Places to Eat. 

A hard day’s work in the mine will build up anybody's appetite. Touring a mine is not as labor intensive as working in one, but you still have to eat. The museum offers a light lunch menu right on-site at the Miner’s Lunchbox snack bar, but for a full lunch or dinner there are lots of places around to eat.

To help narrow your search we picked three of our favorites. Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Lake Mohawk’s downtown village, right across the street from the lake. Irish Cottage Inn is modern Irish pub with authentic thatch roof and 15 HD TV’s to watch the games. And then there is the Chatterbox Drive-In, a classic old-school drive-in, and a must-see where Elvis has NOT left the building.

Mine & Dine Offerings

It’s easy! Take a tour of the mine, then bring your mine-tour ticket stub to one of the local restaurants listed below for a discount.

See Mine Tour Times and Admission.


Participating Local Eateries


The Chatterbox Drive-InThe Chatterbox Drive-in
The Chatterbox Drive-In is a family owned fifties and sixites style “drive-in” restaurant that will bring you back to the “good ol’ days,” even if you weren’t a part of them!

Hours: Open for lunch & dinner all year, 7 days a week. 11:30am-9:00pm

Unique Offer:  Show your Mine Tour Ticket Stub to receive
1 FREE Milkshake (1 per table).

The Chatterbox Drive-In
1 State Highway 15
Augusta, NJ 07822


The Irish Cottage InnThe Irish Cottage Inn
The Irish Cottage Inn caters to all walks of life! The outside’s main feature is an authentic thatch roof, installed by “master thatcher” Colin McGhee, from Scotland. The Exterior walls are a cultured field stone, very similar to an Irish field stone. Our family dining room, (known as “The Franklin Room” after the historical photos of this once mighty mining town) is located well away from the bar area, with comfortable banquet booth seating, and a cosy fireplace. The front dining room feature’s high top tables with bar stools, for those who want that pub atmosphere! The main bar area features a custom built mahogany bar and authentic whiskey barrels altered to serve as high top tables. Placed throughout the Restaurant & Bar are 15 HD Plasma TV’s. So no matter where your are sitting you will never have to miss a play of the big game!

Hours: Open 7 days a week.

Unique Offer:  Show your Mine Tour Ticket Stub to receive a FREE Appetizer or Dessert with a minimum of two Entrees, 1 per table.

The Irish Cottage Inn
602 Route 23
Franklin, NJ 07416
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Distance: 5 miles (9 mins) from the Museum.


Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub
Krogh's Restaurant and Brew Pub“Old world charm. New world people.” Krogh’s has been a Sparta landmark and tradition since 1927. Come and dine in our warm, cozy, cabin-like atmosphere. During warmer months we also have outdoor seating available in our Krogh’s Nest. We are known for being Sussex County’s first and only brew pub so be sure to sample our handcrafted beers. We have seven of them, in addition to a Cask-Conditioned beer. Our Krogh Bar is fully stocked and we have over 24 martinis on our regular menu. We also feature wine specials and a special seasonal drink menu.

We have freshly prepared soups as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. Our appetizers, such as our famous Nachos El Grande and our Buffalo Wings, are second-to-none. We have hot and cold sandwiches, half-pound burgers, pizzas, south-of the-border selections, fresh salads and always a ‘Wrap of the Day.’ Our dinners are served with soup and salad, plus your choice of pastas, beef, chicken and seafood. Be sure to save room for dessert as our homemade Mud Pies and homemade Apple Crisp are tried and true crowd pleasers. Don’t forget the kids when you come!

Unique Offer: Show your Mine Tour Ticket Stub to receive 20% off your check of $50.00 or more. One per table and one coupon or offer accepted per visit.

Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub
23 White Deer Plaza
Sparta, NJ 07871
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Call 973-209-7212

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