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Address: 323 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
Phone Number: 605-584-1605
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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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An AAA "GEM" Experience

This museum is an American Automobile Association recommended great experience for members. Be sure to take the guided tour of the mine where you will learn the origin of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The museum itself has a lot of interesting videos and artifacts from the mine and the community of Lead (pronounced "Leed"). The museum is $5 per person, but the tour is the best part. They take you into the basement, that is converted into a replica of a mine. Our tour guide was Tim. He was very knowledgeable and provided... More 

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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great little museum. Took the tour with Deirdre who had family members who were miners at the Hearst mine. She had insider information from her grandfather, father and brother which really brought the story to life. Pre-visit I knew nothing about mining and was in awe of those who worked 12-hour shifts in candle light to get the gold out.... More 

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In our travels to the west coast we have tried to see as much of this wonderful country as possible...leads was recommended and so was the museum. We pulled in.. Parked and went in only to be greeted by a woman with "attitude" ... They were closed. No signs out side.... No signs on doors... Just her telling us to... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Visited the museum and took the tour and were so glad we did. We were following the recommendations of AAA. We learned a lot about mining in an easy way. Didn't really know how much we didn't know but the way this tour was conducted was great. It gave you a real appreciation for the town and what it took... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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298 reviews 298 reviews
164 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Miners have built an excellent mine display tour that shows all facets of gold mining through history. No need to go into an actual dangerous mine, but you can't tell the difference due to the good work building the "mine". Tour guide was entertaining (the usual corny mining jokes) but still very informative and as detailed as your questions can... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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135 reviews 135 reviews
29 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This museum is an American Automobile Association recommended great experience for members. Be sure to take the guided tour of the mine where you will learn the origin of the expression "don't pull my chain" and other fascinating tidbits.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We spent about an hour and a half at the museum with our tour guide, Debbie. She was a font of knowledge re the history and operation of the Homestake mine over its' 120 or so years of operation. Lots of interesting examples of the equipment used over the years. We learned an immense amount as to the whys and... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Black Hills mining tour was a simulated underground mining tour packed with information from a knowledgable tour guide and very interesting for the kids and adults! Then we went to homestake mine tour for above ground tour of the actual mine and equipment via a trolley with some stops. Although the mining has stopped, the Sanford lab is now doing... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is very instructional on how Gold is mined. There is a small museum on first floor. The highlight was the guided tour of the "mine" on the lower level. Made you feel like you were in a gold mine. The tour guide was knowledgeable, witty, and friendly. There is a small charge for museum and additional small charge for... More 

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Franklin Square, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A tour leads you underground where you can see what it was like to work in the mines. The tour and also the other exhibits were all very interesting. This is a great spot for families. I think children would love this. You can also try panning for gold.

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