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Address: 323 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
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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Start your trip here to learn about the mining industry and history of the Gold Rush. Take the tour ($5) into the lower level which is a realistic replica of the Gold Mines. Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Susanne H
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Start your trip here to learn about the mining industry and history of the Gold Rush. Take the tour ($5) into the lower level which is a realistic replica of the Gold Mines. Our tour guide was awesome - she was extremely knowledgeable and shared personal stories of family and friends of mining facts and lore. Plan for 1 -... More 

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1 Thank Susanne H
Bismarck, North Dakota
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Didn't have a clue about mining whatsoever going in.... Have a very nice overview background of mining coming out. This place has a excellent visual overview of the start to finish if mining in the black hills. Worth the stop.

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Thank amd2014
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61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

This museum had a great under ground mine created by former miners. They created the Homestake and told a story over the time period from the early mining to modern times. Actual equipment used in the mine was a part of the tour. It was built in the basement of an old grocery store. Wow!! Super. The tour guide was... More 

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Thank james R
Portland, Oregon
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I've been so disappointed that there's been so little EDUCATION about mining. There's lots of touristy places: panning, jewelry, saloons. But rarely has any of these places explained how, where and what it took to start mining. And then the impact it has had from 1846 to present. Take the tour. It's very good. The guide had great inside stories.... More 

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Thank B K
Georgetown, Texas
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Excellent in every way! Special kudos to our guide Colton (?). He was SO knowledgable and a really likable young man. He answered questions and didn't rush us at all. He seemed to genuinely like his job and had just enough funny anecdotes to keep us all entertained. And the technical knowledge he displayed was Awesome!

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Thank DirkesTravels
Boerne, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Better than you'd ever expect. Includes a life size exhibit of what mining was like throught the last 130 years. Great tour guides step you through, going from "room" to "room" and explaining how mines worked.

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Thank Anna E
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35 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This has it all. Gift shop, experience the life of a miner in an underground mine replica. Then pan for gold! Unbelievable experience.

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Thank Bettye D
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Not at all what I was expecting. They have a large museum full of many mining items & things from Lead...a bit too technical for me & I love museums, but...anyway the panning for gold which I was very excited about was a huge disappointment, we didn't even do it. I wouldn't go back.

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1 Thank DanMarCo
Lead, South Dakota
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

When I first moved here to the Black Hills I wanted to see what a mine looked like underground, this tour will give you a chance to see what it would feel like going underground, they also teach you how to pan for gold.

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Thank Carol K
Vancouver, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My uncle and grandpa worked in the mine so it was really nice to have the museum to go through and learn about history.

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