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Black Hills Mining Museum

323 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Lead
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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208 reviews 208 reviews
123 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
26 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
17 reviews 17 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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44 reviews 44 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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Humble, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It was an interesting tour but the artifacts in the museum were very interesting. Big plus for me is they research History for you. I had a great great great grandfather that was killed in the mine in 1896. Personable staff was plus.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This museum consists of two parts: a replica mine, showing mannequins performing mine work, suprisingly informative; and upstairs displays of artifacts. Our guide was well informed, personalizing the museum experience by talking about family members who had worked in the mine. This was a world I knew little about and I'm happy for the historical context (especially as I've visited... More

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