Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Start Your Lead Visit Here!

Open every day 9am-5pm - admission is free!

As a stand alone non profit we tell the story of Lead's (pronounced leed) history with Homestake Mining Company (the biggest, deepest, best producing gold mine in the western hemisphere!), some of the groundbreaking science research what's happening deep underground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, as well as what's happening around Lead today for the visitor and resident alike!

Our exhibits include historic photographs, videos, science and mining artifacts, and a 3-D model of the underground—from the surface down to the 8,000-foot level! From our deck, view the 1,250-foot-deep Open Cut, an iconic landmark in the Black Hills, and see the many varieties of rock that created this unique landscape.

Trolley Tours with our partner, Visit Lead, are now closed for the season. If you'd like more information on booking a group tour of the exhibit space please call ahead.  (605)584-3110 ***No underground tours are available at any time of year***


Free Exhibits

Thank you to Coeur Wharf, Black Hills Mining Museum, Danny's Plumbing Service, Homestake Mining Co.  , Thyssen MiningSD School of Mines & Technology , & Deadwood History, Inc. for their generous Corporate Sponsorships to the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center