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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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Short drive from Deadwood

Great center, great location. Something fun to do in the winter. Staff was friendly, they even let me bring my dog in with me.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great center, great location. Something fun to do in the winter. Staff was friendly, they even let me bring my dog in with me.

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Thank fleishans
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a unique educational experience in a spectacular setting. Yes, it is a familiar story of a big mine that played out, but the twist is how it's been turned into a physics lab that is making cutting edge scientific discoveries while keeping miners employed as well. The mine and The town of Lead are interesting for mining buffs,... More 

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

Thank you Jack for writing up a review on us. We are so glad you stopped in and can't wait to see you again! More 

Finger Lakes, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the mine tour was not available, but just seeing the visitors center was very informative. One of the videos showed the entire gold mining to ingot process. I had no idea how complex it was to get a single ounce of gold. A mobile in the center of the visitors center shows all of the mine shafts under the... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about us! Please come back and visit us again! We do love our beautiful facility! More 

West Columbia, South Carolina
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I went on a bus tour and we came here. I am thrilled that we came here. Children will love it as well! Lots of great information!

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

We are so happy your bus was able to make the stop!! Thanks for taking the time to write up a response, come back and see us again! More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

The visitor recently opened and this was our first opportunity to check it out. There is a lot of good information at the center about the history of the Homestake Gold mine and it current use as a research facility. The tour of the city with a stop at the lab was well worth the cost. About an hour tour... More 

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

Donn, Thanks for writing up a note about our Visitor Center. We love it and love our guests who stop. Hope to see you again! More 

Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

We are empty nesters and this was a fun visit and educational as well. We did not take the tour because the schools had the afternoon booked. But we spent a couple of hours at the lab and museum. And purchased some local art on display.. will come back in the future for the tour.. well worth the time!

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

Thank you Mike for taking the time to write up a response!! We can't wait to have you back. More 

Flint, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

One of the stops on our 9-day Diamond tour trip. After Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, this was MY, as well as most of my 44-passengers', favorite Visitor Center! I highly recommend visiting this Center.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write up this Diane! We love our visitor's center and all of our guests! Hope to see you again :) More 

Palmyra, Wisconsin
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415 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Really interesting to see the history of this homestake mine, see the site and watch the little vignettes of history. Liked the time lines and the photos. Interesting that now they study neutrinos and A history on Davis. This lab is like the Fermi lab in IL and you'll get a whole history of how it started and what they... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing us up and stopping in! We love Fermi Lab too and knowing what they are up to! Come back soon! More 

Ventura, California
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54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

We stumbled upon Lead after taking the Spearfish Canyon drive. It is a very interesting town. Gold and Ore was mined here until the 1980's. Scientists from around the world come here to do research at the lab, deep within the earth. The visitors center is quite informative, as well as the tour to the research center. The town has... More 

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

We are glad you "found" us!! Enjoy the beautiful Black Hills and come back again! More 

Leavenworth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

The tour is about $7 per person and is worth it. You get a tour of the city and see the positive influence the owners had on the mine and community. You learn a lot about Gold mining in the museum and see the cable system on the gold mine location. The mine is closed now (2001) for mining, but... More 

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

Larry, Thank you for your write up! We think everyone should take the tour too :) Its amazing what is going on in an old gold mine. Come back again! More 

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