Homestake Visitor Center

160 West Main Street

The town of Lead has played a pivotal role in the history of the Black Hills. Home to the Homestake Gold Mine and sister city to the town of Deadwood, the streets of Lead tell a tale as rich as the gold mined from its hills. 

As you click through this informative section, take a moment to read the captions and enjoy learning about Lead and its entire splendor. 


Alex Mackey

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Not only free, but fantastic. The Homestake Visitor Center, perched on the edge of a seemingly abandoned open-pit mine, is well worth your stop. The center highlights the history of the mine and its role in the Lead community, while also highlighting the ongoing, world-renowned research taking place well below its surface. I love the model hanging from the ceiling that shows the extent of underground tunnels, especially in comparison to the (massive) open pit; it goes to show that underground Lead, mining shafts are profligate. Additionally, throughout the year, scientists working in the mine host talks open to the public. The Homestake Visitor Center is an asset to the state and community.

Joshua N.

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

This is a very nice upgrade from the previous Homestake Mine Visitor Center. My only disappointment was the lack of history that was shown here. I understand that the Lab is the future and that this was paid for by the Lab, however a little more talk about the past would have been nice. Seeing and explaining the Lab itself was very good and the importance was great.

Lindsey Latozke

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Very friendly staff, really neat stop! A little too cold for activities but had a lot of resources to rent and have fun

Sara Morgan

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Lovely free museum with a great gift shop. A real treasure to the community.

Mark Deavult

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Nice museum offers a window (pun intended) into the experiments working to reveal the secrets of the universe. And ... cool toys in the gift shop!