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Black Hills Mining Museum

323 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
605-584-1605
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Lead
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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English first
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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43 reviews 43 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
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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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97 reviews 97 reviews
40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Aberdeen, SD
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The museum and the tour of the mine replica was so informative! I learned a lot about mining in general and the Homestake Mine in particular. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly! Very good information about the progression of changes in mining. The tour would not be accessible for anyone in a wheel chair or with difficulties walking up... More

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Portland, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This museum is well worth going to if you have any interest in the history of mining in the Back Hills. As a retired professional who worked many years in the mining industry, I found the exhibits to be very well planned and extremely informative. I particularly liked how, unlike many other mining museums, this one included quite a few... More

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Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

The #1 thing we wanted to do on vacation was pan for gold. We stopped by a local shop and they told us to come here. We were very pleased with the results. We did not take the tour however we did the panning. Ended up finding a small Nugget in my panning. It's very fun. The gentleman running the... More

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Monongahela
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Another great stop on our road trip. We all had fun panning for gold , and some history along with the stop. Very friendly staff.

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Pierre
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead offers visitors a fascinating look back through the events that gave rise to the rich history of Deadwood and Lead, and the pursuit of gold in the Black Hills. From the discovery of gold by the troops of General George Armstrong Custer in the 1870s, through the eventual closure of the mine 120... More

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