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


Periodic table display with actual elements

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Step Into Earth Science

An enduring geological mystery. A world-famous mineral deposit. And, it’s all right here in a New Jersey museum, just an hour’s drive from New York’s George Washington Bridge!


Zinc with Willemite
Willemite veins in zinc ore.


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Public Tours Daily:

starts promptly at 1 P.M.

Ticket Prices (includes tour only) 

Adult: $12

Senior: $11 (65+)

                 Child: $9 (4-12 years old)

  •  2 hour underground walking tour     
  • The Mine is 56, so bring a light jacket
  • Wheelchair/stroller accessible
  • Recommended to arrive 15 minutes before tour starts
July&August(including Labor Day Weekend):Daily Public Tours @ 10 A.M.&1 P.M.


Gift Shop Open Daily: 10A.M.-3 P.M.


Rock Discovery Center: every Saturday & Sunday at 12 P.M

  • Admission fee: $4 per person
  • Learn about, identify, collect and keep 6 different rock and mineral specimens

Rock & Mineral Collecting:

  • $5 admission fee to enter dump                           

  • $1.50 for each lb. collected

  • Must be 7+

  • Closed footwear required (NO open-toed shoes/flip flops)

  • Eye protection required for hammer use

Our rock and mineral dump is full of world famous flourescent minerals from Sterling Hill/Franklin, but also includes sections of minerals from all around the globe!
     Rock Hammers are available for rental in the gift shop -Guests may bring their own approved rock hammers (no claw hammer or ball peen)
Paperwork is required for Rock & Mineral Collecting
Print and fill out forms at home for faster admission!

Single Adult Release Form                                    Guardian and Child Release Form


Interested in a private group tour*? 973-209-7212

Book early to get your preferred date.

* Groups must have 15 or more people to schedule a tour, less than 14 persons should attend the Daily Public Tour *

We Offer Many Group Tours Including:

  • Educational Field trips

  • College Level Tours (Geology, History, ect.)

  • All Scout Groups

  • Birthday Parties

  • Home School Groups

  • Photography Tours

  • Organizations, Clubs, Camps & more! 

Education Preservation and inspiration

Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill (daytime only)
Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit and "saddle" areas. This event is open to the public. Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter's claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection. A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Read details Mineral Collecting.

Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does not include mine tour.
Age Requirements: 7 years & up on the Mine Run dump; 13 & up elsewhere

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Museum closed for Thanksgiving
Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Time: Closed All Day

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tour Schedule resuming day after Thanksgiving
Where: Sterling Hill Mine
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sterling Hill Mine will repoen the day after Thanksgiving

Tours will be held that day at 10am & 1pm

Rock Discovery Center starts at 12pm

Arrive 15 minutes early to get tickets


Gift Shop:   Open 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Group Tours:        By appointment only. Call 973-209-7212 for info and bookings.

Public Tours:       Held at 10:00am and 1:00 pm


Mineral Collecting:   Open daily weather permitting on the Mine Run dump, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

                                     Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken. Please call ahead.



Contact:   973-209-7212  


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The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Our mission is to tell the story of the Sterling Hill Mine and to
inspire learning about earth sciences, engineering, and the responsible
use of the earth’s nonrenewable resources.