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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Address: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
Phone Number: 605-385-5189
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Ranked #7 of 32 Attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons from the 1930's.

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New York City, New York
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637 reviews 637 reviews
278 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We park and there it is: the powerful Black Bird is facing us, the view is overwhelming. It's exciting, building enthusiasm and pride. All those feelings just grow as we walk through the premises: exhibits are well documented, I'm not exactly sure about their organization, but they are interesting and educational. And they make you feel proud to be American.... More 

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Rapid City
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to visit with family and friends cheap and very knowledgeable! Must see when visiting eafb!

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Sidney, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went with my wife, our five year old and our three year old - we all loved it and ended up spending much more time than originally anticipated. The size of some of those planes are mind boggling. The indoor area has a lot of fun interactive things that the kids loved plus a nice souvenir shop.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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148 reviews 148 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We stopped out on snowy Veterans Day, enjoyed taking a look around. The woman at the desk was friendly and informative. Appreciated the hot coffee and the tourism info available there. Look forward to getting back when the weather is nice so we can enjoy an outdoor tour of all the planes.

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Wonderful information.Super artifacts. And good displays. Open many days. Good hours. Easy parking. The planes were so detailed, and so clean inside. The staff was very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

There are decommissioned aircraft outside to read about and view. The museum portion was laid out well and they had knowledgeable staff and volunteers to assist.

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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72 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I am retired Air Force (30 years) and this museum brought back many fond memories. Good static displays outside, interesting exhibits inside and a nice gift shop. Many neat things to see and much history to absorb. I am really glad we made the stop on the way to Wall Drug and the Badlands.

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

Easy, quick stop off the interstate and the planes are located outside for a free viewing. We did not go inside as we had already seen a missile bunker at Interior. It's a must see for those who love planes and military history. We spent about an hour here. You can walk on the paved paths or seems you could... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

it's a must see museum!!! lots of planes my favorite is the B25. also a lot of history. there is also a tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Minuteman II Missile Silo. you get to go down into the silo and see the missile first hand, it's a great experience!!!!

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Ridgecrest, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We really enjoyed all of the exhibits, especially the B1 bomber and simulator. Every visit is a history lesson; we learn more every time we go. Short on time? No problem. You can spend as much or as little time as you have to spare.

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