Black Hills Mining Museum is at 323 W. Main St. The history and heritage of mining in the Black Hills is depicted through exhibits, historic photographs and life-size models. Guided 45-minute tours lead through a simulated underground level of the Homestake Gold Mine, which operated 1876-2002, allowing visitors to see examples of both early and modern mining techniques. Miners and former mine employees were instrumental in creating the display, resulting in a realistic depiction of this rigorous trade. The mine was considered one of the world's largest, plunging some 8,000 feet below the ground. A 15-minute video is shown throughout the day in the restored theater.
Visitors can try panning for gold for an additional fee. Staff members provide guidance during this hands-on activity; participants are informed about proper panning techniques and receive a placer gold sample that they panned themselves.