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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

160 Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
+1 605-584-3110
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A must see if in area

This is a great experience to see this area relied on these mines for a lot of people's lives and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
rick b
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Unique and Fascinating!

Truly worth a visit if you are in the area. Amazing how deep the tunnels go! Seeing into the open... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
VickyVicious
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Seattle, Washington
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A brand new building in 2015, amazing views of the Open Cut, surface tours of the old Homestake Mine and the current operations of the Sanford Underground Research Facility! The exhibits are beautiful and scenery is amazing!
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“open pit” (27 reviews)
“gold mine” (39 reviews)
“gold mining” (21 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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160 Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
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"the trolley tour"
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"mining history"
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"research facility"
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"cutting edge"
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"worth the short drive"
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"informative tour"
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"black hills"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great experience to see this area relied on these mines for a lot of people's lives and it is really hard to believe how deep and far into the hills this really goesMore

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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Rick B, we are so happy you stopped to visit us! The Homestake Gold Mine has such historical significance in the city of Lead- -and at a depth of 8,000 feet, it was the deepest gold mine in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks again for your...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly worth a visit if you are in the area. Amazing how deep the tunnels go! Seeing into the open pit mine is a pretty unique experience.

Thank VickyVicious
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Vicky - -unique and fascinating are 2 perfect adjectives to describe Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! Thank you so much for stopping in.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free admission to a great attraction. Fascinating photos and narrative about how mining was conducted years ago.

1  Thank Robert J
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Robert, we are so happy that you were able to visit the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! It really is the best view in Lead. Take care.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Homestake Mine talk was so interesting. Amazing how much information we learned about the mining. Went with a homeschool group so the kids had lots of questions. Staff very knowledgeable and made it fascinating for the kids.

Thank Arleen K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center was cool and has a unique backstory, but the exhibits are best for older kids and adults. We visited Sanford Lab as part of the Neutrino Day event which was excellent.More

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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Curiousexplorer2015 - -thanks so much for visiting us over Neutrino Day! You are exactly right about our exhibits, but even young kids do enjoy going in the "cage" (elevator) and trying to build with Legos in the Glove Box. Several of our videos are...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well i visited this center several years ago and then I returned fall 2017 and found an all new center. The displays were fantastic if you are into the mining history of S.D. The gold ore yeld from a ton of rock display was surprising...More

Thank Brad W
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Brad, thanks so much for visiting! Our $6 million building is pretty amazing. It is difficult to believe how much rock it takes to make a chocolate chip size piece of gold.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good and informative tour of the town of Lead SD. With the tour you’re able to get on the Sanford Lab property and enter the building that handles the elevators that take the scientists to 4800ft to the labs.More

Thank Iowa_traveler442
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Iowa_traveler442! Thanks for stopping at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! We agree that our Trolley Tour is the way to go, especially since it is the only way for visitors to experience a surface tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Please visit...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

We stopped here while traveling through Lead. Was surprised to find out that not only is it a mine but a underground Labortory that up to 1000 people work in everyday. Very interesting free visitor center. Great views of mine from visitor center! Worthwhile visit.More

1  Thank ElaineB6509
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Elaine! Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your review. Right now, only 72 people may work underground at one time- -but when the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is fully operational, there will be over 1000 scientists working on the project (but...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Take the trolley tour. Takes just over an hour. Learn about the mine and the history of the town. The Sanford lab will be a one of a kind in the world. The 35 countries that will have an interest in the lab will make...More

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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Hello,travlert521! We're pretty fond of our Trolley Tour too! Thanks so much for taking it. Safe travels to you!

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

A presentation was given about the history of the mine's chronological history. It is simply amazing how deceptive the distances were. The lab itself is located over 4000 feet underground. There are many supporting graphics. Of course, there are souvenirs including black hills gold jewelry...More

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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Russlyna, thanks so much for stopping in! We love educating visitors on Lead's mining past and science future! Take care.

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P M
20 June 2018|
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Response from Donna J | Property representative |
Hello! We do not have gold panning right here at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, but just 2 blocks up the street at the Black Hills Mining Museum, you can. Gold panning is also available at the Broken Boot Gold... More
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Liz S
4 July 2017|
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We do! You can put there name on a monument. We hope to have the next monument done this Spring. Call us at 1-605-584-3110 for details. Thank you!
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