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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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Really Interesting Place to Visit

The historic Lead township is a great place to visit. The old Homestake opencut gold mine is really... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2018
GemmaTravels
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Sydney
Very interesting to place to learn some physics

The view of the open pit that was formerly a gold and ore mine was impressive enough, but to read... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
TigerMO
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Phoenix, Arizona
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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 Research Facility! The exhibits are beautiful and scenery is amazing!
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

The historic Lead township is a great place to visit. The old Homestake opencut gold mine is really interesting, as the miles of disused mine tunnels below the visitors centre have been converted into the Sanford Laboratories for neutrino research.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GemmaTravels
DonnaJ1823, Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

Dear GemmaTravels- -we are so happy that you were able to stop by the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center during your trip to Lead. Having a 125-year-old gold mine and a cutting edge neutrino lab certainly does make for an interesting attraction. Thanks again for...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

The view of the open pit that was formerly a gold and ore mine was impressive enough, but to read about the scientific research on neutrinos that’s currently ongoing 4875 feet below ground in the former mine tunnels was really eye-opening. It was an impulse...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

TigerMO- -we are so happy that you stopped! We agree that the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is an amazing place. If you are ever in our area during May-September, we offer an informative 1 hour trolley ride that provides even more information on the...More

Reviewed October 26, 2018

We took the Sanford Lab Tour with Amanda as our tour guide. This was one of the best tours ever thanks to Amanda's knowledge and passion for sharing the Sanford story. It is well worth the price and time. When in the area don't miss...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Traveling Mac60, we agree that Amanda is a fabulous tour guide! Thank you so much for stopping at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Take care.

Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

This visitor center is a wonderful nugget we found, just by chance, while taking a scenic route thru Lead on the way to Mt. Rushmore. The history and viewing of an open pit was fascinating, especially to read about the amount of gold mined. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Dear SimpleMama123- -thanks so much for stopping by the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! We love educating visitors on the 125-year-old Homestake Gold Mine and the world-class Sanford Underground Research Facility. Please visit again someday and take our tour. Safe travels!

Reviewed October 16, 2018

We were surprised when we were directed to the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, looking for the Homestake Mine. The view from the visitor center of the open cut of the mine was impressive and the 3D model of the underground mine shafts was amazing....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hello adventurer1234- -we are very happy that you stopped at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. If you return to Lead during May through September, you would enjoy visiting the Black Hills Mining Museum just up the street from us- -their lower level is a...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018

Make sure to take the tour. Our tour leader was a totally enthusiastic lady. The sight of the (quite recent) hole in the ground is with the price of admission. Very thorough written presentations. I toured this place in 1983, when it was still a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

RonTSmithers- -thanks for visiting the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center! We agree that our free Observation Deck is the best view in Lead.

Reviewed October 11, 2018

I'd been to Lead some 40 years ago, when Homestake was still mining ore and polluting the nearby stream. At that time, the mining was all underground. Imagine the changes since then: the massive open-cut mine was excavated, Homestake went out of business, and a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

Raintree_Thailand- -we are so happy that you visited the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead. We agree that the view from the Visitor Center is breath-taking. Our 3-D aerial display, showing the 370 miles of tunnels at the former Homestake Gold Mine and the...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We stopped at this visitors center which was included as one of our group tours during our trip to Mt Rushmore. This was an awesome experience. It was educational and the group learned so much about gold mining in the Black Hilla. If you are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

MackeyCookie, we are SO happy you stopped! We love telling everyone about the historic Homestake Gold Mine and the cutting-edge Sanford Lab. Take care.

Reviewed October 1, 2018

Lead, South Dakota, has been called the richest 100 square miles on Earth. For over 126 years, miners pulled more than 41 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver from the Homestake Mine, the largest mine in the Western Hemisphere. When it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Taylor B, we love educating visitors on Lead's mining past and its science future. Thanks for stopping by!

Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Great location. Lots of parking. You can wander around the exhibits and read about the mining. There is an elevator to stand in and a video that talks about riding down the shaft. The window opens to a view of the pit. New information about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DonnaJ1823, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

Linda M- -thanks for visiting! Our free Observation Deck does provide the most amazing view.

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Hello! We do not have gold panning right here at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, but just 2 blocks up the street at the Black Hills Mining Museum, you can. Gold panning is also available at the Broken Boot Gold... More
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We do! You can put there name on a monument. We hope to have the next monument done this Spring. Call us at 1-605-584-3110 for details. Thank you!
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