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Black Hills Mining Museum

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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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See a walk through replica of the underground gold mine

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
thumper1
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Cathy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum offers a great review of mining history and how the town made it work! The museum was built by many of the miners. Gold panning here is fabulous because it has real Black Hills gold. Not all do!

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Thank Melina B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The BHMM surpassed our expectations within the museum itself, but do yourself a favor and pop for the tour, too. Though you don't go far underground, each portion is recreated to represent a different aspect of mining from as long ago as the 1880s. Even as a U.S. history teacher I learned a lot about the day-to-day challenges of working... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum and the guided tour of a reenacted gold mine in the basement were enjoyed and informative.

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Thank JohnOM537
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here with our family and two kids ages 9 and 11. First, the kids panned for gold and the experience was so much more that I expected. John was so patient with the kids and they each got to take home a bottle with small flakes of gold they found. The tour was so informative and interesting. Probably... More 

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