Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant Street 
Ogdensburg, NJ 07439 
(973) 209-7212

The famous Sterling Hill Zinc Mine and Museum features over 30 acres of indoor, outdoor, and underground exhibits and historical buildings. Taking its name from William Alexander, an American major-general during the Revolutionary War who claimed the disputed title of Earl of Stirling, this mine was in operation until 1986 and was the last underground mining operation in the state. 

The Museum was opened to the public in 1990 and today visitors can tour one-fifth of a mile of underground tunnels, viewing a spectacular Fluorescent Display in a natural environment, and learning about metal mining and the machinery and men that made it all work. 

A 5,000 square foot exhibit hall showcases mining artifacts, minerals, and much more. 

Families can spend a day here, exploring the outdoor exhibits and surrounding areas. Admission to the Museum and Mine is by guided tour only. There is much to see. Students of geology and history will find a visit to be a rewarding experience, and they can even build their own collections in the Rock Discovery Center after receiving a lecture on the various rock types.

Proper footwear is required and a sweater or jacket is recommended regardless of the season, as the temperature underground generally remains cool.

Hours: Open April thru November for weekday tours, with weekend tours added for the summer season. Visit the official website linked above for exact days and tour times. Outside the regular schedule, tours may be available by chance or by appointment. Gift shop is open daily from 10am - 3pm. Also open on weekends in December through March and other times for groups by appointment. Call before visiting.
Adults $11.00
Seniors $10.00
Children 4-12 $8.00
Children 3 and under FREE
Admission to the collecting area is an additional $5.00 per person
Groups (10 or more): Group rates are discounted $1.00 per person if the group reserves at least two weeks in advance and permits shopping at the gift shop. For School Groups, one chaperone per class of 15 - 25 admitted FREE. Rock Discovery Center requires an additional fee.
Group Reservations: Reserve as early as possible. Morning slots fill up more quickly than afternoon tours. Large groups may require some months advance notice..
Lunch: Picnic areas and concession stand on premises.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-80 West to exit 53, Rt. 23 North. Pass town of Stockholm and turn left onto Rt. 517. Turn right onto Passaic Avenue. Entrance is on left, after Plant Street. About an hour from the George Washington Bridge. 

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