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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Your first stop in Lead, South Dakota!
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

About the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Free admission | Family friendly | Trolley tours seasonally | Bus groups welcome | Museum store | Meeting and event space

Plan your visit

Hours, admission, tour info and directions

Bus and tour groups

The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is a top attraction for tour groups visiting the Black Hills.

Meeting and event space rental

A convention location for meetings or events with beautiful views of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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.

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.

Science impact

SURF advances world-leading science and inspires learning across generations

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.


Donate to the SURF Foundation

Contact the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center at (605) 584-3110.