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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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simply amazing

A presentation was given about the history of the mine's chronological history. It is simply... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
russlyna
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Florissant
A gold mine with a new use

Terrific free museum with amazing displays about the Homestake mine (with shafts more than a mile... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
BarbaraN395
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Groton, Connecticut
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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 24 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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank russlyna
Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

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

Reviewed 23 June 2018

If you are interested in science this place is worth a visit. Very cool and interesting and the price was right!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank SSAubie
Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

SSAubie, thanks for stopping by! We think it is a very cool destination as well.

Reviewed 23 June 2018

Terrific free museum with amazing displays about the Homestake mine (with shafts more than a mile deep), the Black Hills Gold rush, the decline of mining and the new use for the site -- scientific experiments. The exhibits are very well done. At the back...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Barbara, thank you so much for the comprehensive review! We love our Visitor Center and enjoy educating visitors on Lead's mining past and science future. Thanks for stopping in.

Reviewed 19 June 2018

I had an absolutely delightful visit and tour of this incredible facility. The exhibits at the Visitor Center were very informative and interesting and most importantly dumbed down enough for a layman like me to understand. The staff there were really friendly and helpful and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bobca1947
Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Wow, thanks for the great review—we completely agree!! I also find neutrinos extremely interesting👍. Thanks so much and please stop in again if you are ever in our area.

Reviewed 16 June 2018

This visitors centre offers two unique perspectives on the Lead area. Firstly it recognizes and celebrates the natural history, first nations heritage, prospecting and mining heritage of the area. This includes historic reflections on the towns development over the last 100+ years and the link...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Brian B
Donna J, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Wow, Brian, thanks for the very comprehensive review👍! We love telling the story of Lead’s mining history and our science future. Please stop again if you are ever back in the Black Hills.

Reviewed 7 June 2018

Decided to stop here while driving to Spearfish Canyon. This was an informative visitor center and "museum". It was staffed by a very lovely and informative woman. I wish I could remember her name. She was very helpful. And, they had some shirts 50% off!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Donna J, Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Red-Camper29, thank you so much for stopping by! We love answering questions about our historic 125 year old gold mine and our amazing underground science lab. Please visit us again someday, if possible.

Reviewed 4 June 2018

We almost bypassed this building since it wasn't clear to us what it was, but I looked it up online while we were in the coffee shop across the street. Because it was free, we thought it wouldn't hurt to look. It was very interesting...More

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

Thank you so much for visiting us! We definitely feel that it is worth the time to visit as well. That 3-D model is really impressive, isn't it? Thanks again!

Reviewed 30 May 2018

Pretty neat to see how the ground is cut for mining. Great place to see the equipment that goes into cutting through the earth. Wonderful exhibits here. I recommend visiting if you are interested in mining or history.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank rpqnz
Donna J, Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

RP, thanks so much for visiting! We think it is pretty cool too to showcase our rich mining history of the 125 year old Homestake Gold Mine and the cutting edge science experiments of the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Reviewed 28 May 2018

Stumbled across this place by accident and pure chance. Simply fascinating, as it was an impromptu visit our schedule did not allow for the time a thorough review of this site would have merited. That said, time was carved out enough to review some it:...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank funtobeme
Donna J, Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you so much for visiting! The underground portion of the Homestake Gold Mine was the deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere! Please do visit us again.

Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Who knew? The displays are wonderful, but the 3D of what lies below the surface is, as stated incredible. The story of the original find, and the progression to today speaks to technology and change. A must if in Lead.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Donna J, Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2018

Isn’t the 3-D aerial display the best?? Thank you so much for visiting!

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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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