Our mission is the preservation and education of the area’s rich mining heritage.
To continue and improve upon this mission, we are raising funds for a new building.
To learn more, please contact us.
Why is a new facility needed?
Our current building is showing its age and is lacking in many of the necessities of a strong, sustainable museum.
• Dedicated, convenient parking
• Be highly visible to highway traffic
• Parking for buses, travel trailers and RVs
• Full ADA compliance
• Environmental systems unique to museum
• Space for collection or archival growth
Why is now the right time for a new facility?
Lead is experiencing a growing tourism economy, an expanding SURF, and a reviving mining industry. No better time than now!
What is envisioned with a new facility?
- A building located at the east gateway to Lead in Gold Run Park with lots of dedicated parking and great highway visibility.
- A building that communicates mining and history and beckons those passing by to come in and see.
- A building that will be large enough for all it is and hopes to be.
What else is there to know about this project?
The relocation of the museum will allow for the redevelopment of its current downtown property benefiting the community with a new library and additional parking, living, and retail space.
Craig Keyger- Retired Developer
Thomas Golden- Executive Director, Homestake Opera House
“Along with our own project goals to restore the Homestake Opera House to full productive use, we are excited to support the efforts of the Black Hills Mining Museum. They are great neighbors and wonderful community partners, however there is great benefit to the Opera House in the expansion of downtown amenities to include an expanded courtyard and stair access from Julius Street to our main entrance. A new location and better facilities for our friends at the Mining Museum will open the door for this project to take place. Imagine a performing arts center in Lead that will not only bring exciting performers and community theatre shows to the Northern Hills, but one that can also take advantage of cool summer nights and bring live entertainment directly to Main Street!
Beverly Perkins-Conservation Assessment Program Assessor, Conservator
IN THE NEWS
Black Hills Pioneer – December 28, 2021
Gray Media Group – December 14, 2021
Ongoing Staff Challenge
In March of 2022, the museum launched its first official fundraiser campaign- The Staff Challenge.
All of those who are a part of the museum have been challenged to see if they could find just 100 people who would donate $100 toward this project. If you could be one of those to assist a staff member in reaching their goal, they would appreciate it very much. Another way to help would be passing along this challenge to others that you know who might be willing to give as well. Though the funds necessary to complete a project like this may seem overwhelming, one way to reach that big goal is to take simple but accomplishable steps. You can choose to send your gift directly to the museum using a form by clicking here. Please be sure to mark on it toward which staff member your gift counts. Thanks for whatever you can do to help!
As of November 2023, this campaign has raised a total of $51,200
Our Mining/Minerals Industries Partners
You can become a vital part of the telling of this amazing Black Hills mining story. Join with the museum as it prepares to “tell your story” into the future. The Black Hills Mining Museum has been preserving and educating about our area’s rich mining history since 1986. Now we want to tell this GREAT story even BETTER and with your help we will.
Every place has a story, and many of these places have a venue to tell their story. While the story of a place is generally important and interesting to its people, not every place-story reveals significance or appeal beyond its own setting. The BHMM has had marked success not just because it has told its own place-story well, but even more so because its place-story is one of great significance and appeal that is worth hearing. LEARN MORE BY CLICKING HERE.