The industrial complex that was once the Sterling Hill zinc mine is now open to the public as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Join us for Underground Mine Tours, fantastic displays of "glow-in-the-dark" fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls packed with things you've probably never seen before!
Kids of any age can do geology field work in our in Rock Discovery Center by collecting 6 different types of rocks which they get to keep. At our Fossil Discovery Center you can collect lots of different fossils and take home 6 of them.
Our onsite Astronomical Observatory offers monthly night viewings. Come see the moon, stars, mars and more. All of these activities are fun learning expediences for school groups, scouts and birthday parties.
Check out our updated schedule of events at SterlingHillminingMuseum.org
Museum Store: Open daily, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Group Tours: By appointment only. Call 973-209-7212 for info and bookings. | Public Tours: Held at 1:00 pm weekends only.
Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken. Please call ahead.
The museum makes use of mining tailings.
Learn about recycling minerals here.
All components of the Sterling Hill Mine tour are designed for ease of access.
Entrance to the mine itself is on flat ground, on concrete pavement. Within the mine the walkways are nearly flat except toward the end, where visitors descend about 30 ft on a long, gentle decline.
Our two exhibit buildings are accessible on flat ground, and a wheelchair ramp provides access to the gift shop. Two outdoor ramps are provided also, each surfaced with hard-packed gravel.
Handicapped-accessible bathrooms are provided in three buildings along the tour route, and passageways in our exhibit halls feature either double doors or a single wide door permitting easy access by wheelchair.