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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Road, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5552
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th...

The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile was an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site preserves a Launch Control Facility (D-01) and a missile silo (D-09) associated with the 44th Missile Wing in western South Dakota. Open Wed-Sun 8am to 4pm Mountain Time

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Early bird gets the worm!

We stopped by the museum and really enjoyed it. We had planned to take a silo tour, but they go like hotcakes. We were there 15 minutes before the museum opened and there was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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99 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by the museum and really enjoyed it. We had planned to take a silo tour, but they go like hotcakes. We were there 15 minutes before the museum opened and there was a long line out the door waiting to get in and get tickets. By the time we got to the counter there were tickets available, but... More 

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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We visited in late October second to last day before closing for the season. We missed the tour to the Silo which is about 15 minutes by car from the visitors centre. There is two tours to the Silo a day at 10am and 2pm. Only maximum of six people allowed for each tour, first come first served. We missed... More 

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1 Thank vanislecanuck
Hayward, California
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at the Visitor Center first, where there is a small gift shop and a few static displays. BE AWARE: The museum is not completed yet!! There are temporary (i.e. posters) on display where permanent displays will follow, but these posters are very interesting and informative as standalone displays. There is also a seven-minute video about the Missileers, those... More 

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Thank Historygirl1863
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We happened to see a billboard for this site along I-90. We turned in and were very surprised to see the displays. The location is new and they do not yet have all their formal displays up, but they do have full size full color photographs on the wall of what the displays will be like. They also have a... More 

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Thank brownbb57
Cleveland, Ohio
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This whole site is comprised of three different locations. We stopped at the Visitor Center in September. The exhibits are not scheduled to be completed until November 2015, but the displays contain mock-ups of the final exhibits. Even in this prototype form, the history and information is conveyed in a very clear and interesting manner. An introductory short film was... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Anyone traveling during the peak tourist season needs to stop and get tickets early! There is only six allowed on a tour and I can understand why with the small elevator used on the tour. I stopped though and saw the Launch Control Center with Ranger Swanson. His explanations, humor and overall showmanship was exemplary for a Park Service employee.... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I was so excited for this. On our roadtrip from Chicago this was one of the things I wanted to see more than anything else. When we got to the Minutemen site they informed me that it's just a station with some stuff taped to the wall (literally, there were posterboards taped to the wall). The actual missile silo /... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

There are three places to visit as part of this National Historic Site- the actual missile silo that contains a dummy missile, the Visitor Center that has exhibits and an short video, and the missile command center located nearby that includes the underground launch facility (guided tours of the launch facility are arranged through the Visitor Center). We were privileged... More 

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Thank jrdem11
Eastern Shore Maryland
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If you're in the area, take the time to work this into your schedule. Be sure to go to the visitor's center and get the time ticket for the guided tour to the Launch Control Center. My husband and I still tell friends about what we learned from visiting. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War,... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We stopped at the Minuteman Missile NHS visitor center near I-90 Exit 131 while on the way to Badlands National Park the morning of Saturday, September 12. In addition to picking up publications and seeing the exhibits and the video, etc. we made a 2:30 p.m. appointment to take a guided tour of the underground Launch Control Center (Delta -01).... More 

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