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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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Address: 160 Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
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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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Repurposing at it's finest

A geeks paradise. This place is repurposing at it's finest. Taking abandoned underground mines and turning them into a particle physics research lab, what a great idea. This takes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Melissa S
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A geeks paradise. This place is repurposing at it's finest. Taking abandoned underground mines and turning them into a particle physics research lab, what a great idea. This takes an a depressed mining town and totally turns it around. Love it and would hope other mining towns could follow Lead!! Lead is appropriately named and is definitely a leader. Very... More 

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in at the visitor center with our two teenagers, and we all had a great time. It's free, it's informational, and the exhibits they have are first-rate. You also get a really great view of the cut behind the visitor center. We also went on the tour, they were having a special at the time, so it was... 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 something up about us! We love hearing what you enjoyed and what we can do better! Thank you and comeback again! More 

Mandan, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

The visitors center is very interesting...be sure to visit the gift shop in the church to support local artisans and get the history of the building. Also worth doing is the self guided hiking tour of the mine a bit down the road - ask for directions. It is a bit of a climb the history is worth it. If... More 

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

Thank you for stopping and and visiting all of Lead! Sounds like you had a great time. Come back again! More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017

FREE and helpful! Nice view of the cut. Great resources on what to do next! Neat diorama of the complicated mining tunnels and expansive insight into the new use, ( the underground Neutrino Lab!)

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Thank La Lone J
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write up a review! We love our visitors! Hope your time in the Lead area was amazing ;) More 

Saint Joseph, Missouri
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 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
SLHVC, General Manager at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We love visitors and their smiles :) Come back and see us! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 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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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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Thank Tommy B
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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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Thank thegrayhair
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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102 reviews
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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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Thank Donn T
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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Thank Mike M
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 

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