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The Facility
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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.


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.