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 & Lodging

Sterling Hill Mining Museum offers a great way to start a day of touring our mine, then following that with a night's rest at one of Sussex County, New Jersey's lodges.

Northwestern New Jersey’s Places to Stay. 

Mining is hard work, and every miner needs a good night's sleep. Touring a mine is not as difficult as working in one, but you'll still need a comfortable place to sleep. If you have traveled far to visit us and need a place to stay, several options await you.

To help narrow things down, we have chosen three of our favorites. Each is unique and offers a different style of lodging. Holiday Inn Express is a beautiful hotel with lots to offer in a great location, on Route 206 in Newton's business district. The Wooden Duck Bed & Breakfast features a personal touch and is located on a beautiful country estate amid acres of tranquil grounds.

Mine & Lodge Offerings

After your tour, show your Sterling Hill Mining Museum tour ticket stub to any of our participating friends’ locations for complimentary services and discounts.

See Mine Tour Times and Admission.


Participating Local Lodges


Holiday Inn ExpressNewton, NJ Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express® & Suites hotel of Newton, NJ, the closest hotel to the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Our convenient location off Route 206 makes us ideal and convenient for business and leisure travelers lodging in Newton.›Each guest room is 100% non-smoking and offers free high-speed Internet access, a microwave and a refrigerator, as well as a flat screen TV with movies on demand, and free HBO. With additional amenities such as a Fitness Center, free printing services from your room to the front desk, and our Express Start hot breakfast bar, you’ll always Stay Smart at thisHoliday Inn Express®›& Suites hotel.

Hours: 24 hours Seven Days A Week.

Unique Offer:  Show your Mine Tour ticket stub to receive a 5% discount on your room.

Holiday Inn Express
6 North Park Drive
Newton, New Jersey 07860
Hotel Front Desk: 1-973-940-8888
Hotel Fax: 1-973-300-4656

Distance to the Museum: 10 miles, 21 minutes.


Minerals Resort & Spa

Newton, NJ Holiday Inn ExpressMinerals Resort & Spa, ideal for a 4-Season Getaway for outdoor adventurers and families alike, features 175 overnight accommodations…including deluxe and luxury guest rooms and presidential suites. Enjoy spectacular mountain, pool, or golf course views, as well as cozy fireplaces. Spacious, fully-furnished one, two, & three-bedroom mountainside and golfside condominiums are also available. After a fun-filled day at exploring the mines, families will love our indoor and outdoor heated pools (open year round), family-friendly activities and entertainment as well as our brand new Adventure Center – our hub of outdoor activity, adventure and recreation!

Hours: Open 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Unique Offer: At time of booking please mention “PARTNERS-STERLING” and receive a 20% discount on a room of their choice.  *Restrictions: non-holiday, subject to availability, cannot be combined with any other discount or offers.

Minerals Resort & Spa
1 Stone Hill Drive
Vernon, NJ 07462

Distance to the Museum: 10.3 miles, 19 minutes.


Wooden Duck Bed & BreakfastWooden Duck Inn

Nestled among the rolling hills of rural Sussex County, New Jersey, The Wooden Duck Bed & Breakfast is an oasis of country pleasures.The Wooden Duck has been here in Sussex County, New Jersey since 1994. As a Select Registry Inn, we provide comfortable lodging and great breakfasts. From the moment guests turn onto the quiet lane and winding drive leading to the inn, they are transported into a world of natural beauty and gracious hospitality. For the past two years, the Wooden Duck has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.

Come visit the Wooden Duck B&B to see what a truly great lodging experience can be had in Sussex County. We can direct you to the many fine restaurants and attractions in the county.

Hours: Open every day.

Unique Offer:  Mining & Lodging Special: Show your Mine Tour ticket stub to receive a 5% discount on a one night stay in any room of your choice.

Wooden Duck B&B
140 Goodale Road
Newton, NJ 07860

Distance to the Museum: 11 miles, 23 minutes.

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Call 973-209-7212

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