Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Free Admission | Family-Friendly | Trolley Tours Seasonally | Bus Groups Welcome | Museum Store | Meeting and Event Space
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!
Here, you’ll discover the story of this region — from the creation of the deepest gold mine in 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.
Our facility offers a wide range of memorable experiences for curious minds of all ages. From the observation deck, view the expansive Open Cut. Take a photo in front of the Davis Ring, a piece of a Nobel Prize-winning experiment hosted nearly a mile underground. See a suspended sculpture of the vast underground workings, then step inside our virtual cage ride to the underground. Plus, take some inspiration home with you; we offer unique souvenirs, educational gifts, and more at the Visitor Center Museum Store!
The SLHVC will have winter hours October through April. Those hours are 9am-4pm Monday-Saturday.
160 W. Main
Lead, SD 57754