Artwork and sculptures representing miner life are on display in Zobel Hall.
Thomas Edison’s electric cap lamps lit the mine years ago.
Learn more about our Edison Connection.
Fine mineral specimens can be viewed in the Oreck Mineral Gallery located in Zobel Hall.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum offers educational group tours for scout groups, summer camps, vacation tour groups, etc.
$10.00 for Adults
$ 9.00 for Seniors age 65 and up
$ 7.00 for Youths 4-17 years of age
FREE for Children 3 and under
Group rates apply only if the following criteria are met; otherwise the full rates ($1 more than those listed) will apply:
1) Your group numbers 10 or more paying attendees;
2) You booked your reservation at least two weeks in advance.
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.
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
Tel: 973-209-MINE (6463)
There is plenty of free bus parking available at the mine.
The Rock Discovery Center and Fossil Discovery Center are optional add-ons to your tour and will enhance its educational value. Each will add about 20-30 minutes to your stay and only $4.00 (RDC) or $4.50 (FDC) to your tour cost.
Please note, however, that participation in the Fossil Discovery Center is possible only for small groups such as scouts, and is subject to availability of trained personnel.
The Rock Discovery Center is available to all scheduled tour groups and is also open for general admission on Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 p.m., April through November. The Fossil Discovery Center operates on a more limited schedule; click for available dates.
Payment should be made by cash or check upon arrival at the museum. We also accept purchase orders, money orders, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover only), and traveler's checks. If paying in cash, please have all the cash collected prior to arrival.
We can accommodate a maximum of 180-200 people on the same date.
The minimum group size is 10 paying attendees. If under 10 in number, please come for our 1:00 p.m. general public tour.
Tours can be booked only by calling the mine at 973-209-MINE (6463) and speaking to a reservations clerk.
Calling between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. is generally best. Please note in particular the following:
• Sorry, we do not schedule tours or dispense tour information via e-mail or fax. You must call and speak to a reservations clerk.
• Book a tour as soon as you can. Time slots for weekday group tours fill up quickly during the school year, and it is often necessary to schedule a tour months in advance. During the summer break and on weekends our schedule is normally much more open, but it is still advisable to schedule a tour as soon as you have a firm date in mind.
• Please have two or three alternative dates in mind when booking a tour.
• We do not schedule "placeholder" tours — that is, we will not hold a date open for you while you check on whether that date works for you, or if buses or funds are available. This must be done beforehand. Once you schedule a tour, it implies a commitment both on your part and ours.
Merely notifying us that you are coming with a group is insufficient, as your group may conflict with another already scheduled, or we may not have enough tour guides on hand to accommodate you. In either case, you may be denied entry. Group tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Call 973-209-MINE (6463).
If you must cancel a tour or request a change of date, please call us as soon as possible so you will have maximum opportunity to reschedule, and so we may fill the vacated time slot with another group on the waiting list. Failure to notify us of cancellations in a timely manner may result in your group being banned from further visitations.
Please note that most of our tour takes place either indoors (in two exhibit halls) or underground in the mine, so tours take place no matter the weather. Weather extremes are cause for tour cancellations only when they constitute threats to public safety, as when roads become impassible due to flooding or hazardous due to snow.
Visitors are welcome to view the outdoor exhibits of mining equipment on the parking-lot level on their own, but entry to the mine or any of our buildings except for the museum store/ticket sales area requires the presence of a tour guide.
Upon arrival at the museum, your group will usually be brought en masse into our exhibit hall, where our younger attendees will participate in a scavenger hunt and view the thousands of items on display. Following this we will divide your group into smaller groups (about 15-25 people each), and a tour guide will lead you into the underground mine.
This order may be changed if other groups are already here upon your arrival, or if your own group totals more than 50-100 people. In either case we will then have to send different groups to different places in the museum. The order in which you see things, however, matters little — rest assured that each group will see everything and have the full tour experience.
Please note that regardless of the weather or season it is a cool 56° in the mine, so make sure each visitor brings a light jacket or sweater, even in summer.
There is plenty of free bus parking available.
Our museum features indoor as well as outdoor sheltered picnic tables, modern restroom facilities, a snack bar, and a fully stocked museum store.
Call 973-209-MINE (6463)