About the Visitor Center Free Admission | Family Friendly | Trolley Tours Seasonally | Bus Groups Welcome | Museum Store | Meeting and Event Space Full Details Plan Your Visit Hours, admission, tour info and directions Full Details Bus and Tour Groups The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is a top attraction for tour groups visiting the Black Hills. Full Details Meeting and Event Space Rental A convention location for meetings or events with beautiful views of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Full Details Homestake and Lead History From 1876 to 2001, Homestake Gold Mine mined more than 40 million ounces of gold, making it the deepest and most productive gold mine in the Western Hemisphere before closing in 2002. Full Details K-12 STEM education Based on South Dakota's science standards, our education specialists work to create and advance innovative educational programming at the local, state and national levels. Full Details Science impact SURF advances world-leading science and inspires learning across generations Full Details News and Events The Communications Office gives updates on the progress at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, including educational programming, science experiments, meetings and events. Full Details DONATE Donate to the SURF Foundation Full Details Contact the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center at (605) 584-3110.