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Address: 323 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
Phone Number: 605-584-1605
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Walk through time with the "miners" in timbered passages of a simulated...
Walk through time with the "miners" in timbered passages of a simulated underground gold mine, constructed by over 130 Homestake miners. View historic mining artifacts and local history exhibits. Pan your own gold and visit the gift shop.
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Wanna go underground in a mine?

When I first moved here to the Black Hills I wanted to see what a mine looked like underground, this tour will give you a chance to see what it would feel like going underground... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Carol K
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Lead, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Not at all what I was expecting. They have a large museum full of many mining items & things from Lead...a bit too technical for me & I love museums, but...anyway the panning for gold which I was very excited about was a huge disappointment, we didn't even do it. I wouldn't go back.

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Lead, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

When I first moved here to the Black Hills I wanted to see what a mine looked like underground, this tour will give you a chance to see what it would feel like going underground, they also teach you how to pan for gold.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My uncle and grandpa worked in the mine so it was really nice to have the museum to go through and learn about history.

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Viborg Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This museum is interesting, not anything earth shattering but still has a lot of cool stuff to see, glad we stopped.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have a very informative and friendly guide for the tour, was interesting to see the progression of mining technology over the years. Amazing that the walk through area was built by a group of volunteers that want to show what miners go through. Helps you to appreciate the hard work they do.

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Lead, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This museum was built by the men and women who worked the Homestake gold mine. One could spend hours looking at the displays before taking the underground tour. Tour guides explain how the gold was mined and processed along with some personal stories from their mining days. I've been on three tour - each one was unique; each one was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Our tour guide had a family history in local mining going back nearly 100 years. She was awesome. The kids panned for gold and tour guide was very patient. A great experience overall and a reasonable price for a family.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is museum with a lot of interesting photos and stories from this towns hay day when they were mining gold. That gets boring pretty quick for young kids, but they have a gold panning option where they put a little actual gold in a pan of sand and then they help you pan for it and you get to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you don't have much else to do then go here. We found it more interesting talking to the person working at the museum then the displays. We did not go on the simulated mine tour as we have been to working gold mines. There is road work currently underway on the Main Street very near the front of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This was a very interesting guided tour, as it depicted how mining was originally done and how the mining operations changed over time as new innovations and techniques were incorporated into the operations. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the mine. We had a man in our tour group that worked in the mine for over... More 

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