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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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Description: The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the...
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.
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Very interesting site, get there early to get tickets to the control room

The visitor center is miles away from the missile and from the control room tour, but start in the visitor center because you need tickets (only available here) to tour the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The visitor center is miles away from the missile and from the control room tour, but start in the visitor center because you need tickets (only available here) to tour the control room. fascinating place, makes you shudder about why it was built and at the same time proud of the technological prowess that it took to build it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I was young kid, when cold war was, is worth to see, technology from past time, and good to know how dangerous was

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We discovered that a trailer was used for 3 years and the museum opened in the new building in November 2014. Great parking and very helpful desk help. Marked areas for big RV's and trailers. Good movie. The displays are large printed "DRAFT" displays held on the wall with tape. In September/November the new displays go up and and the... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Arrived at 7:30AM and there were already about 8-10 people in line for tickets. Tours start at 8:30 and we were able to get tickets for the 9:00 tour. The Visitors Center is new and is beautiful on the outside. They are still working on the exhibits inside but it will be nice. Drove less than 10 minutes to site... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

1/2 of us woke early to take a morning tour of the Minuteman Missile site. We had visited the center the day before and had missed getting day-of tour tickets. The visitor center is still being developed, but they have provided galleys of the display so you can still learn much of the fascinating details surrounding the Midwest missile silos.... More 

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Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Visitors center is several miles from tour sites. You have to go to Visitors Center to get tickets to tour underground control center. If travelling west to east, you then have to backtrack several miles to do the tour. Missile silo is 20 miles from V. Center. Information said to go to center to get ticket; at V Center told... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We learned about the Minuteman Missile Historic Site when making campground reservations at the KOA in Interior. As mentioned in earlier reviews, you need to get to the site early in the morning if you want to go to the command center, as tickets are "first-come, first-served" and there are only 72 tickets issued per day. The interpretive center will... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a fascinating and anachronistic landmark of American history, and it's a great thing to see if you're in the area. There are three different sites that make up the NHS, and it's good to know what's at each before you head out. The visitor center is at exit 131 on I-90, on the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Our tour guide was entertaining and made it fun and the age range for our group was vast so well done there. If you like going back in time and taking a lot at how things once were this is the place to do it. Once the Launch pad was decommissioned it left in the exact order of its last... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

What a cool experience! The visitor center was sleek and modern with a small gift shop and clean restrooms. The exhibit area was temporarily filled with stand-in posters, plaques and items reflecting what will be on permanent display. It was informative and entertaining. We also visited the Launch Facility -Delta 09 and were fortunate enough to listen to the ranger... More 

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