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Address: 160 Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
Phone Number: +1 605-584-3100
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A brand new building in 2015, amazing views of the open cut, surface tours...

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 Lab! The exhibits are beautiful and scenery is amazing!

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Lead, SD

Interesting displays with an incredible view of the open pit. found some very cool historic photos and items

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Dan B
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Dickinson, North Dakota
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Never seen anything like it. What a great display. It will give you a picture of what this area was years in the past and what they are doing now. The research done now underground is from scientists from all around the world. The open pit gold mine is assume and would have been interested to see it when it... More 

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2 Thank CRC3789
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping in, we are glad you enjoyed it!!! We love our Visitor Center and so delighted you did also. Please stop in again. More 

Oklahoma City, OK
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397 reviews
248 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

When we planned our trip to the Black Hills, I knew I wanted to see the Open Pit! It is an amazing experience to see just how large it is! The Visitor's Center is very interesting and educational too. All of this is free! We also opted to take the reasonably-priced tour tour of some of the old buildings which... More 

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1 Thank morrishj
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write up a review. We love our Visitor Center and want to always keep it free to the public, What a great experience for your grandson too! Thanks again and enjoy your day. Come back soon! More 

Rochester, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Interesting displays with an incredible view of the open pit. found some very cool historic photos and items

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1 Thank Dan B
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Dan, Thank you so much for stopping in and writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your time here. Have an amazing day and come back soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We've been camping across from this large hill in Deadwood for years. I finally did a Google search to see where did this hill come from. I was amazed to find the search for Dark Matter is being done here. WOW - not only is there a lot of history here but the future is going on also. We went... More 

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1 Thank hughes200
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

We are so glad you were able to stop! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I’ve seen larger open pit operations in Utah and Montana, but just knowing how much gold came out of this mine is mind boggling. The mine hoist simulation was lots more fun than I thought it would be. This was an interesting stop, but I know I would have gotten a lot more out of it if we had a... More 

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SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

We are so sorry you didn't get a guided tour! Please ask our staff next time. We hope you enjoyed it and come back again. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Very interesting. The exhibits are very well done! Can be noisy due to several multimedia stations in an open room running all at once.

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Thank JeanRDH
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

great point about the noise, we are looking at doing some type of headphones that link up t the Computer Screens! Thank you! More 

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're the least bit interested in the history of gold mining in the Black Hills or particle physics, you should stop and visit the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. What's the connection between those two subjects? I'm glad you asked! Until its closure in 2002, the Homestake Mine was the... More 

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1 Thank Michael M
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your write up. We love our SLHVC and truly hope we have something for everyone to enjoy and learn! See you again, we hope! More 

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61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

This visitors center was new and interesting. The tour of the closed , historic Homestake gold mine and new Sanford research lab was interesting. The tour guide was a native of Lead and her dad worked in the mine. Worthwhile tour. Great gift store and jewelry.

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Thank james R
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write up about the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! More 

Portland, Oregon
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

It's new and pretty. The most amazing thing was the open pit. (Which can also be seen from the tiny park near free parking, on the main Street.) It's interesting to see how the mine has been reinvented.

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Thank B K
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time time to write up our Visitor Center. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see please let us know. Thank you More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We went exploring for something unique and discovered this gem of learning and exploration. We love that a once active gold mine has been repurposed for something so phenomenal! I now have a yearning to learn more about neutrinos. A place we must retune to.

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Thank Linda W
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

We can't wait to have you back!! Thank you for taking the time to do a write up on our Visitor Center. More 

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