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Black Hills Mining Museum

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Address: 323 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
Phone Number: 16055841605
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Walk through time with the "miners" in timbered passages of a...

Walk through time with the "miners" in timbered passages of a simulated underground gold mine, constructed by over 130 Homestake miners. View historic mining artifacts and local history exhibits. Pan your own gold and visit the gift shop.

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"Magnificent Basement Mining Museum"

We were very hesitant to tour a fake mine, but we did anyway. We enjoyed this experience immensely. A lady whose father worked in Lead's Homestake mining company for over thirty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were very hesitant to tour a fake mine, but we did anyway. We enjoyed this experience immensely. A lady whose father worked in Lead's Homestake mining company for over thirty years was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable in all mining processes and equipment. She answered many questions and added humor along the way. This was a historical... More 

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Jacksonville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour was very well done and interesting. Good museum. We are glad we stopped in. This would be good for kids also

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Smyrna, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some of the pictures we saw online (of mannequins with mining equipment) made this site look a bit hokey - and we weren't sure if the tour fee would prove a good investment. Also, I had misgivings about going to "recreated" mining settings vs. touring a real mine. But the two of us found it very informative and enjoyable -... More 

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great find! Unassuming from the front, and the entrance way - but don't be fooled! This is worth your time and money. $10 for adults (13 and up), children free, gets you a tour and admission to the museum. The museum is fascinating and needs about an hour. The tour is amazing. Our guide was fantastic and... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of artifacts and memorabilia throughout. You can pan for gold in a trough. We did a guided tour of the underground gold mine for $25 for the family. Our guide's father and grandfather both worked at the mine and she was very knowledgable.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Found this by chance when driving through Lead. Decided to take the tour of the replica underground. The tour guide was very good and had lots of information about the entire history of the mine and how techniques and equipment changed over the 125 years of mining. It was so interesting to know that these mine shafts cover a larger... More 

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The museum costs $5 each or for a family to add the tour is a total of $25. The museum was just ok. Sort of a hodge podge of items from the town and the mine. The tour was more interesting. A guide took us a floor below (basement) where miners had recreated what the mine looked like. I don't... More 

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Marietta, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here to learn more about the mining. Very friendly staff when you get there. After the told us the prices to do the activities we decide to just do the panning and that was $10.00 for one person. The person we had for this activity was good but after about 5 minutes he seemed to have gotten bored... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We visited in late June with two kids, ages 9 and 12, who wanted to learn about the gold mining history of the Black Hills. This unassuming little place holds way more than what you might expect when you first enter - the basement mine tour was amazing and tour guide extremely knowledgeable as both her father and brother were... More 

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Greensboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We wanted to know more about Homestake mine when they were getting gold. It was $10 a person but it had a great set up for understanding how the miners use to get to the mine by elevator, the clothes they wore and the equipment they used. This museum takes from the past to modern day equipment and miner outfits.... More 

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