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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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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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A very pleasant surprise!

The Visitor Center in Lead is one of the best I have visited! I was expecting to learn more about the mining in the town (which I did), but I also learned so much more about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Visitor Center in Lead is one of the best I have visited! I was expecting to learn more about the mining in the town (which I did), but I also learned so much more about the physics labs that are a mile underground where the gold mines had previously been located. Physicists from around the world study at these... More 

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Smyrna, GA
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69 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visitors center (free entry) includes a good window for viewing the huge open cut mining pit. We also signed up for the tour (which has a fee). It was a pretty good tour - not great. If you want to learn about mining, the tour at the Mining Museum was more informative; the tour here does give you an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting visit, great views of mining area, videos, exhibits, great gift shop with Black Hills gold items. Lead SD is a neat, historic, authentic old gold mining town.

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Valley View, Texas
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This gold mine was extremely interesting and the tour was well worth it. The current mine is used for experiments by scientists from all over the world. It was very educational. We loved it!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went during Neutrino day. They had tents set up and a lot of activities. We went on a tour which was anticlimactic, but this area is the real life Big Bang Theory.

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

We are so glad you where able to join us for Neutrino Days!! We love science and history here in Lead. Thank you for taking the time to write up a review! More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Lead and the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitors’ Center in July 2016. The exhibits detailing mining history, engineering, and life in a mining town were very well done and informative. Explanation of elementary particles and their physics was to the point. The story of the mix of talented men and women involved in the repurposing of... 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 up a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here in Lead, we hope to see you again!!! More 

Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great find. Not your typical tourist trap. Great history and presentation on the beginning and development of the mine. They then tell the store of bringing the mine back to life as a research facility.

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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 a review. We love our history and we are so excited about what the future of science!! Come back and see us soon. More 

Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are sci-fi buffs and enjoyed this real science tour-de-force. We enjoyed the videos of some cutting edge science that is going on under our feet. We also enjoyed the information on the old Homestake Gold Mine and a dramatic view of the open pit mine. If we were golfers! there is an Open Pit Drivng Range. As we took... More 

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

Ah we are so sorry you missed our trolley tour, I think you would have really enjoyed it! But we are really happy you stopped in and wrote a post! Thank you More 

Mesa, Arizona
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very well done museum that showed how the gold mining was done and what is now going on with the atomic particle research. Well worth it.

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

Thank you for writing up our facility. We really do love it and we hope others will also. Comeback again! More 

Lead, South Dakota
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is so much more than a typical visitor center. A must see if you want to understand the mining history of the area and the it's scientific future. You can not get a true understanding of the impact that the homestake gold mine had on the northern black hills without taking in this venue.

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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 a response! We do love our facility and people like you who stop in! Come make soon and see what is new. More 

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