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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Due to hazardous winter weather conditions, SURF will transition to an “essential personnel only” operations mode starting at 5:00PM MT today (Monday, Feb 24). At this time, we plan to return to normal operations tomorrow at 5:00PM MT (Tuesday, Feb 25). Normal day shift operations are cancelled for Tuesday.Due to hazardous winter weather conditions, SURF will transition to an “essential personnel only” operations mode starting at 5:00PM MT today (Monday, Feb 24). At this time, we plan to return to normal operations tomorrow at 5:00PM MT (Tuesday, Feb 25). Normal day shift operations are cancelled for Tuesday.

For tours, exhibits and visitor information about Sanford Lab, Homestake and Lead.

Free Exhibits

Historic photographs, videos, science and mining artifacts, and a 3-D model of the underground help tell the fascinating stories about the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the city of Lead and the history of Homestake. 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.

Tours

The surface tour includes a trip through historic Lead and the surface campus of Sanford Lab, including the Yates hoistroom, which houses the hoists that have been in operation since 1939 and are now used to transport scientists, experiments and equipment underground. Tours last approximately one hour.

Summer tours run daily from May 1 through September 30 at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Large groups or bus tours should book tours at least one day in advance. Winter tours are now available, a 30-minute guided tour that takes you from 1876 to the future of science (available when Trolley tours are not available).

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