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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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My Mount Rushmore Vacation

We stopped at this visitors center which was included as one of our group tours during our trip to... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
mackeycookie
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Learn about the fascinating history of mining

Lead, South Dakota, has been called the richest 100 square miles on Earth. For over 126 years... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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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!
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped at this visitors center which was included as one of our group tours during our trip to Mt Rushmore. This was an awesome experience. It was educational and the group learned so much about gold mining in the Black Hilla. If you are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mackeycookie
DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

MackeyCookie, we are SO happy you stopped! We love telling everyone about the historic Homestake Gold Mine and the cutting-edge Sanford Lab. Take care.

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Lead, South Dakota, has been called the richest 100 square miles on Earth. For over 126 years, miners pulled more than 41 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver from the Homestake Mine, the largest mine in the Western Hemisphere. When it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Taylor B
DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Taylor B, we love educating visitors on Lead's mining past and its science future. Thanks for stopping by!

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Great location. Lots of parking. You can wander around the exhibits and read about the mining. There is an elevator to stand in and a video that talks about riding down the shaft. The window opens to a view of the pit. New information about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Linda M
DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Linda M- -thanks for visiting! Our free Observation Deck does provide the most amazing view.

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

I choose to do the trolley tour which started at the visitor center. There is a great display of the history of the mine and community at the visitor center if you need to fill time before the tour. You can also pay to hit...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

bLiselotte - -thanks so much for visiting! We think our Visitor Center does a really great job of telling the story of the 125-year-old Homestake Gold Mine and the cutting edge Sanford Underground Research Facility. Take care.

Reviewed 26 September 2018

If you want a really good review on the ins-and-outs of what you get on this tour BEFORE you go, go and read the review on TA written by pasherry on August 15, 2018. Then, hopefully, you will get Tress as your tour guide. She...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lynn M
DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Lynn M, we are so happy that your "wrong turn" resulted in your visit to Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! You are right: Tress is an EXCELLENT tour guide! Thanks for your review and please visit us again if you are in the area.

Reviewed 23 September 2018

What an interesting place. While hated to see what open pit mining does to the landscape, the story behind the mining was fascinating. And now the facility has been turned into a scientific research facility. Really interesting!! Take the time to stop here.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

Toured the museum and then went on the trolley and toured the facilities. Was very impressed with the center and all the building. We had a wonderful guide and driver who shared a lot of information. Would recommend this if you are in Lead.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank A Terry S
DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Hi Terry - -thank you so much for joining us! We do have some fabulous tour guides who love sharing their wealth of information on the historic Homestake Gold Mine and the cutting-edge Sanford Lab. Visit us again some day, if you are ever in...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018

With all of the amazing sights and places we went on this trip, it seems odd to give a Visitor Center a 5 rating, but this place really was "excellent". In my mind it was kind of two experiences in one. The first half was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

HoosierGal60, thanks so much for your great review! We think the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor is pretty unique, telling the story of the 125-year-old Homestake Gold Mine and the Sanford Underground Research Facility all in one stop.Take care!

Reviewed 5 September 2018

Took the wrong way our of Deadwood and ended up in Lead. Saw the visitors center and decided we had time to stop. High point is the layout of the mine tunnels and shafts. Looks like a lot of material was removed.More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike H
Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Hi, Mike! Sometimes a wrong turn really is the right turn:) We are so happy that you stopped by the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. You are right about the material that was removed from the Open Cut - -it was approximately 200 million tons!...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a small but very informative museum about gold mining in Lead, SD. The must-see item is the model in the center of the room that depicts the underground tunnel and shaft system. Lead is definitely a bigger town underground than above!More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Trvlr49, we are so happy that you stopped to visit our 8,000 square foot Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead. We agree that the 3-D aerial model that depicts the 370 miles of underground tunnels is pretty spectacular. Lead is truly a little alpine...More

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P M
21 June 2018|
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Response from DonnaJ1823 | 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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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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