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The Sanford Lab Surface Tour is a one hour, above ground, surface tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, a cutting-edge scientific research facility performing experiments 5,000 ft beneath the earth's surface. The surface tour includes significant mining history. This guided tour is either a step-on or on our trolley. The tour starts at the new Sanford Lab Homestake Visitors Center (which is free to the public) and features state of the art interactive exhibits, information that covers the history of the former Homestake Gold Mine, and the transition of the mine to the Sanford Underground Research Facility. At the visitor center, enjoy the outdoor deck where you'll view the Open Cut, formerly a Homestake surface mine. operation, and a Gift Shop that features local artisans and memorabilia. Hours of Operation for the visitor center: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Surface Tour Times: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.


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