Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

160 W Main Street
Lead, SD

Fall BOGO: Valid for travel starting September 3, 2019, or see peak season discounts below!

Visit our exhibit hall and learn about the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the city of Lead, and the history of Homestake. Our exhibits include historic photographs, science and mining artifacts, interactive displays, including 4 touchscreens that play educational videos, and a 3-D model of the underground—from the surface down to the 8,000-foot level! From our deck, view the 1,000-foot-deep Open Cut, an iconic landmark in the Black Hills, and see the many varieties of rock that created this unique landscape. Admission is free.

Hours of operation are 9am-5pm.

Your tour includes a Trolley Ride through historic Lead, and a surface tour of Sanford Lab. In the Yates hoist room, you'll see hoists that have been in operation since 1939, including how they are maintained. You'll also learn about the more-than 5,000 feet of rope that take personnel to the underground. If you're lucky, you may even see the hoists in action! You'll also learn a little bit about the mining process and the state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Plant designed by Homestake Mining Company and still used today by Sanford Lab and other companies around the world. Tours last approximately one hour.


Summer Tours run daily from May 1 to September 30 at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Large groups or bus tours should book tours at least one day in advance.

From October 1 through April 30 on the 2nd Thursday of each month we will have deep talks from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the scientists.

Winter Tours are now available. A 30 minute guided tour takes you from 1876 to the future of science.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

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