Welcome to the Black Hills Mining Museum, located in the mile-high city of Lead. Our non-profit educational corporation is dedicated to the preservation of the rich mining heritage of the Black Hills of South Dakota. We invite you to visit us and enjoy our numerous exhibits and activities. For more than a century, gold mining has been the #1 industry in Lead and in the Northern Black Hills. Today that mining heritage is cleverly depicted as an educational and fun Black Hills Badlands and Lakes Association Family Approved Attraction.
Our museum’s experienced, knowledgeable, and fun tour guides will escort you on a fascinating and informative tour of our simulated underground gold mine – the only comprehensive look at both early-day and modern underground mining that can be found in the Black Hills. This realistic exhibit was created by more than 140 Homestake miners and former mine employees some 30 years ago to tell the story of the Western Hemisphere’s deepest gold mine.
We don’t just play in the water here…we go for the gold!! We provide some of the most generous gold samples that can be found in the Black Hills! Share the thrill experienced by the prospectors in the Museum’s hands-on gold panning activities. (We guarantee gold, and you get to keep it!) With the friendly personal help of our staff you will learn the techniques of panning and take home your own sample of real placer gold!
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