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Black Hills Mining Museum, Lead

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We'll be closed for the season after October 14th, 2017,but we will be open by appointment only, for group tour, gold panning lessons, and museum admission. All services by reservation only, Please call :

Todd Deux – (605) 722-4875 or

Bob Phillips – (605) 584-1326

The Black Hills Mining Museum was founded in 1986 by people who wished to tell and preserve the story of hard rock mining in the hills, and of the men and women who lived and toiled in and under the beautiful Black Hills.

More than 100 miners of the nearby Homestake Gold Mine combined their talent, money, time and experience to build this Museum and the realistic underground gold mine tour. The tour takes you through the history of the mine showing the changes over 125 years by the clothing, tools, techniques and equipment displayed, as described by your tour guide.

Aside from the guided tour, the Museum also offers self-guided views of much of our collections, including multi-media screens that explain various processes and aspects of the mining industry; and an approximately 20 minute movie that tells the story of mining in the Hills.

For those seeking personal riches, or, at least, to learn a new hobby, our team members will teach you how to pan for gold, indoors in our private 'stream' with local pay dirt that we can guarantee you find real gold. All the gold you find, you keep, to take home as a souvenir!
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  • Fun mining museum about mining in the Deadwood and Lead areas. Many artifacts and historic pictures. They also offer a guided tour of a replica mine in the basement of building. Great place to take... 
    Fun mining museum about mining in the Deadwood and Lead areas. Many artifacts and historic pictures. They also offer a guided tour of a replica mine in the basement of building. Great place to take...  more »
  • The museum was thoughtfully put together and our guide- Debbie- was very informative. She kept our interest during the whole tour. Definitely recommended if you want to learn about mining... 
    The museum was thoughtfully put together and our guide- Debbie- was very informative. She kept our interest during the whole tour. Definitely recommended if you want to learn about mining...  more »
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  • A very cool museum with so so much for you learn. We did the mine "tour" with takes you down into a mock mine arear and shows you what the real thing would look like and you go though the history of mining. Also the kids panned for gold and has so much fun doing that!
  • Granddaughter panned for gold. They guarantee you will find some. Very nice and patient people. Was especially nice having just left the crowds at Deadwood! They have many specimens of rocks for sale at reasonable prices. I would go back ☺️

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