SURF Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

As a northern gateway to the Black Hills, the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (Visitor Center) welcomes visitors from all over the world to Lead (pronounced leed), South Dakota. Conveniently positioned on Main Street, the Visitor Center is your first stop in the City of Lead! 

Visitor Center

Photo of a buliding with a trolley in front. Set in front of an open cut mining operation.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

  1. Family friendly

  2. Mobility accessible

  3. Free admission and parking

  4. Public restrooms

  5. Free Wi-Fi

Discover the story of the region

From the bountiful flora and fauna that supported indigenous populations for millennia, to the creation of the deepest gold mine in the Northern Hemisphere, to Nobel Prize-winning science, to secrets of the universe still being uncovered at the Sanford Underground Research Facility — through exhibits, pop-up activities, and conversation with our knowledgeable staff. 

A group of people enjoying the exhibits at SLHVC/
People making a purchase in the the museum store.

Shop the Museum Store

Uncover a world of discovery in the unique gifts inspired by the rich history of the Black Hills and the legendary Homestake Gold Mine. Dive into the wonders of science with our specialty merchandise, perfect for curious minds of all ages. From captivating books to interactive experiments, there's something for everyone!

A tourist takes a photo of the Yates Hoist.

Tour the Iconic Hoistroom (seasonal)

Let us take you on an unforgettable journey to the Yates Hoistroom These seasonal tours, led by knowledgable guides, delve into the history and innovation behind the massive hoists. Experience the power and precision that is still in use supporting underground science today.

The Visitor Center bolsters SURF's mission to advance world-leading science and inspire learning across generations by hosting K-12 education and public outreach events, and we proudly promote and support tourism and local businesses. Start planning your visit today.

A presentation in the classroom
People mingling at a SURF sponsored event

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We are located at 160 West Main Street in Lead, South Dakota. The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is owned and operated by the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA), which also manages Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).

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