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Black Hills Mining Museum

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Address: 323 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
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+1 605-584-1605
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Great photos and videos telling the history of the Mining in Lead and now Sanford Lab. It also gives you a great view of the Open Pit. Nice gift shop is just a plus.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great photos and videos telling the history of the Mining in Lead and now Sanford Lab. It also gives you a great view of the Open Pit. Nice gift shop is just a plus.

Thank Charley21
Meridian, Idaho
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting little museum. Full of tools, products, equipment, clothes, etc, from all things miner. That's on the main floor, but downstairs is an educational tour that will give you an idea of what life was like in the homestake mine. I would recommend this tour if you are interested in the mines from a people and logistical... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you want to know anything about the mining in the small town of Lead, than this is a must see, they have the museum set up to look just like and underground mine so you can see what an actual mine is like.

Thank ShanonMM69
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Having spent most of the day in Deadwood, we didn’t know if we had sufficient time to take in this attraction. As it turned out, we did spend lots of time on the tour through the “gold mine” with our very well informed guide. This is a very creative museum. We learned some things about mining techniques, but also lots... More 

Thank X5927VUdavidm
Prairie Village, Kansas
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

I love mining and railroad history so visiting this museum was high on my list of things to do in Lead, especially as our hotel was only about two blocks away. We arrived at 2:15 pm on the day of our visit and our optional tour of the basement recreated gold mine started just 15 minutes later. Our guide was... More 

Thank 6500410
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This was very interesting and enjoyed every picture. Amazing at the Research that is being done. THANKS

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

My 12 year old granddaughter and I stopped here and took a tour of the 'recreated' mine. It was very interesting and worth the charge. We also panned for gold and the gentleman who helped us was patient and informative. It was $10 per person but the experience was worth it. We each ended up with a small amount of... More 

Thank grandmatana
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We had planned to go to another gold mine near by but it was closed so we found this place. The tour was great and my boys learned a lot. It was worth the money for sure. They really just wanted to pan for gold. It was $10 for each pan but you got to keep the gold that was... More 

Thank Dawn L
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Just 5 of us took the tour through the recreated mine. I was very surprised at how much I learned and how interesting it was. It has been the highlight of the trip so far!

Thank David M
Englewood, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

While this is a simulated Underground mine tour it is well worth the small price. The underground mine exhibit was created by over 140 miners and former mine employees. You can just visit the museum or do the guided tour and museum both. I recommend doing both. Learned so much about gold mining on this tour. Our tour guide was... More 

Thank Gloria S

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