Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Science Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Start Your Lead Visit Here - Free Family Fun – Groups & Buses Welcome - Surface mine tours available seasonally. From 1876 to 2001, gold miners pulled more than 40 million ounces of gold from the Homestake Gold Mine. Now, that same gold mine has been converted into the deepest underground science lab in the United States. At the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, discover the history of Lead and the world-class science happening nearly 5000 ft. underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Magnificent views of the open-cut gold mine from the Observation Deck set the scene to inspire curious minds of all ages. Grab a piece of that inspiration at the Museum Store - offering unique souvenirs, educational gifts, and more!
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midwestDee
Bolingbrook, IL42 contributions
The story of Lead, Homestake Mining Company and the development of Sanford Labs is compelling. I'm not aware of another instance where a mining operation actually morphed into something useful that became an even more positive asset for the community. Lead hosts scientists from all over the world that come to Sanford Labs. Please take the trolley tour if you have time, it's well worth it (adults $15, Seniors & kids 6 - 17, $10) . Our young tour guide, Daniel, did an awesome job telling the story. We had one stop at a building (had to put on hard hats), where he talked about the past years as a gold mine and the current use as access point to the underground labs. There's an upcoming collaboration with Fermi Labs (outside Chicago) which was interesting, since that's the area we are from. The visitor center is very nicely done, the subject matter is obviously more suited to middle school and up kids, the little ones should be fine for the amount of time you will spend there (our grandsons are 11 & 7). The gift shop has unique items that will appeal to all ages. The scope of the tunnels beneath the town is amazing.
Written August 13, 2021
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Anne O
Argyle, TX3,775 contributions
I had no idea about the existence of Sanford Lab, but it has been quite a research center for particle physics. Although I didn't take the tour, the exhibits tell the story of how the old mine has contributed to our understanding of the universe. Just outside is the excavated mine from years ago.
Written September 30, 2021
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SharonB231
Toledo, OH1,106 contributions
Friends
There are clean restrooms here and a gift shop. If you walk through the gift shop and out the back doors, you can view the Homestake Gold Mine. Inside are exhibits explaining how the now defunct gold mine has become the Sanford Underground Research Facility and the numerous scientific advancements being made there. A visitor center worth a visit!
Written July 14, 2022
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WisconsinChristi
Wisconsin196 contributions
The big hole was interesting and giant gear provided some great photo ops. The tiny museum was informative but the staff was a little crabby. They really prefer you pay for a tour than ask them questions. The tour includes riding around in a "vintage bus" ...their words, not mine. After a little pressing they admitted that 'vintage' means no air conditioning. As it was 95+ degrees outside, we opted to read more about it in the museum and skip the oven bus. Overall average, interesting road-side stop.
Written June 14, 2021
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Richard K
Yakima, WA341 contributions
This visitors center is right in the middle of town. There is no charge to see the center. There is a nice gift shop included. This is an excellent and educational place to visit to learn about Lead, SD and the Homestake Gold Mining operation. In addition it provides a deck over looking the open pit mine which is impressive. They also operate an inexpensive trolley tour out of here that is worth taking. Glad we stopped. Enjored this more than Deadwood.
Written June 1, 2021
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Jan B
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The best place to start is at the 3D structure/sculpture in the middle of the visitor's center. Hopefully you will find someone who can explain what you're looking at as there is a lot to digest about the mine and the lab. This is history and the future, all in one place! The Homestake Mining Company played an important role in the Black Hills and specifically in Lead. And if you have a family, definitely take the time to hit a "hole in one" into the Open Cut! It's fun and a priceless memory for all ages, even those who are just watching. The science taking place in the underground lab is mind-blowing.
Written April 20, 2021
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FarFromIowa
Allison, IA66 contributions
Wow - I’d never seen anything like it. There is a lot in the center to see, but better yet was our free tour guides who were so full of information! THANKS to both Butch and Jan for sharing so much knowledge of not only the mine, but the entire area!

This attraction is free, but I hope you will be sure to drop a donation in the box. And, you should know that of every single place we visited in the black hills the visitor’s center took the most COVID-19 precautions. They wore masks and someone was posted at the door cleaning it after every single touch.

It was an excellent stop!
Written June 28, 2020
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Kristin G
Bozeman, MT154 contributions
Family
My family drove to let me run in because I take my students to Fermi Lab and I wanted to see the other end of the DUNE experiment while in the area. I went in alone and when I came out and showed them a picture of the hole, everyone then wanted to go back in. Workers were wearing masks and it was easy to social distance. Small gift shop available too.
Written July 23, 2020
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Dennis M
Iowa, United States313 contributions
We had to stop here and hoped we could go down to the lab, but alas, no tours underground! They are completely rebuilding their detector tank way down there with all new everything and better fluid so hope to detect WIMP soon. T-shirts with sayings like that in obligatory gift shop. Outside display of frame from previous detector tank. View of the BIG hole of the original mine. Nice informative displays talking about the project as well as gold mine artifacts and history. Lead is worth a stop to escape the mania of tourist trap Deadwood right across the road.
Written May 28, 2021
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Dwnptrl
Olympic National Park, WA197 contributions
This was an amazing find right across the street of El Jefe, the mexican cantina. The owner and chef there turned us on to the Sanford Lab Visitor Center and it was quite interesting learning about the mine and the subsequent Department of Energy's research center on Black Matter. Highly recommend a visit.

BTW, there is no fee to visit Center and the young folks manning the information booth are highly informative.
Written June 30, 2020
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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM