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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Address: 21280 SD Hwy 240, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5552
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Philip
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, National Parks, Museums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National...
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Type: History Museums, National Parks, Museums, Nature & Parks
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National Park Service, dedicated to telling the story of the role that the U.S. Minuteman missile system played in deterring war and preserving peace. This site was established as a result of the initial Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, that reduced the U.S. Minuteman force and deactivated the missile field here in South Dakota.
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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

One off the bucket list. Superb and our guide was just the best & most interesting guy. Thanks to Jim B for the excellent tour and for being so great to talk to. We had some good days on our trip round the world and this was a highlight. As others have said plan ahead. Its not signed for a... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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108 reviews 108 reviews
56 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Stopped at what was listed as the visitor center after exiting the Badlands. Apparently the place is under construction. No signage regarding the locations of the silos or anything. Government website didn't say anything (but why would the government get it right?) nor did any of the regional travelbooks we read through. 2 bad experiences on this trip that would... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Be sure to check the schedule for guided tours. You can see one of the missile sights, but without a tour guide, it doesn't mean much (even with the cell phone number you dial). Very interesting for those of us who grew up during the Cold War era.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It takes some planning and backtracking to get a tour but is well worth it. Stop as early as you can to get your tour time and tickets. We had to wait 90 minutes and there isn't anything to do there. We went to see some Badlands scenery and then went back to the tour site. It's not a lot,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

In the off season there are only 2 tours a day.We were not there right at 8 a.m. so missed the 6 tickets for the 10 o'clock tour.The young ranger did not have any info to offer,think we took him away from something more interesting in the back room.Luckily it's the Badlands entrance so that can be plan B.

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Colorado Springs
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217 reviews 217 reviews
98 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Minuteman Missiles were a huge part of American history during the cold war and integral to our defenses. With missiles "hiding" underground, they were placed all over the upper, central states of the US: Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and into Nebraska and Colorado! Disarmed and removed in the 90s, there is one underground control center and one en-siloed missile remaining,... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It might not be fair to give this a review, as we missed the tour. We hiked and drove the Badlands first, so we missed the free tour of the missile site. They tell me they run out of the passes before noon most days. We drove to one of the missile sites anyway and listened on our cell phone... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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254 reviews 254 reviews
147 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Get tickets early. Limited number of people on each tour - you will see why (small spaces). They are building a new visitor center just of US90, which may help people know about this site and find it. Good movie at center. Expect new visitor center will have much better displays and historical overview to read. Missile control site tour... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

To those who grew up with duck and cover drills and lived through the tense days of the Cuban Missle Crisis, this visit is a definite must be destination. The minute man missiles wereva deterence, nuclear forces were constant state of readiness this landmark was established by Congress in 1999 this is an experience where civilians can explore the site... More 

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Hillsboro, New Mexico, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you remember the movie Wargames about the launch center control room guys who questioned the launch codes you will like this place. The only thing here is, this is real. Here is where the men and women sat with their finger on the launch button. For us who remember the cold war this is where the US would have... More 

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