Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Start Your Lead Visit Here!

The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the City of Lead, South Dakota. People from around the world visit Lead and one of the first stops is the Visitor Center where they can visit an 8,000-square-foot exhibit hall to learn more about the history of Lead and the science taking place deep underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).

The facility includes a classroom, an observation deck with magnificent views of the Open Cut and a gift shop. It also helps SURF carry out its mission to advance world-leading science and inspire learning across generations by hosting K-12 education and public outreach events. As the gateway to the city, the Visitor Center also promotes and supports tourism and local businesses.

To learn more about how to book bus tours and rentals, please call us at 605-584-3110. Click here to learn about K12 education offerings.

To learn more about how you can support educational programming, please reach out the SURF Foundation.

The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is owned and operated by the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, which also manages SURF.