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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: 2890 Rushmore Drive, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD 57706
Phone Number: 16053855189
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South...

Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South Dakota's premiere aviation museum! The outdoor air park let's you get close to WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, and present day aircraft,including the currently stationed B-1B Lancer. Four hangars showcase military and local aviation history in a fresh and immersive walk through of major events, military commands, and the stories of flying men and women who lived to ensure the legacy of flight and freedom for future generations.

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A great free attraction

This is a staple for our family when we go to Rapid. The kids love seeing all the big airplanes and for my husband and I we never get bored of it. You can also purchase a ticket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Saint Joseph
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Saint Joseph
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a staple for our family when we go to Rapid. The kids love seeing all the big airplanes and for my husband and I we never get bored of it. You can also purchase a ticket to get a tour of the air force base. We have never done that but we are planning on doing that now... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum very much. It gives an interesting history of the Cold War missile silos, but our favorite part was the numerous aircraft on display outside the museum. The kids loved seeing the aircraft, which include a B-52 and a B-1. Great visit!

Thank Ron D
Glendive, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The museum is free. FREE! It is not huge, but actually pretty good sized and offers a comprehensive history of the air and space flight. The displays are fantastic. There are a lot of airplanes, including a B2 bomber and a B52 bomber. We had to hurry through because we got there just before closing time, but had enough time... More 

Thank surfercharlie
Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We attended a presentation by the retired air force vets. Great presentation in a very good museum. The exhibits included hands on exhibits of which you can find yourself within the cockpit and behind the stick of different aircraft. Full size air craft, missiles and helecopters are displayed outside of the museum.

Thank somanyfoods
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This display is worth the effort. Lots of military aircraft. Balloons are even featured including some historic flights taken not far from here. The displays are well interpreted and the hosts are knowledgeable.

Thank Joey D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

First off, this museum is in Box Elder, South Dakota. It is just outside the main gate for Ellsworth AFB, which is a 15 minute drive from Rapid City proper. It is definitely worth the drive! It is a free museum with really cool static displays. For its size, it has more airplanes than you would expect. I enjoy their... More 

Thank LovelyStrife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Outside has many of the planes that were in use in the late 60's and others. As a retired air force person, my husband loved it! Inside the exhibits were lovingly done and gave an accurate view of the history of SAC, etc.

Thank pkh315
Bismarck, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Interesting static displays of aircraft. Especially enjoyed the exhibits detailing portions of the cold war defense and offence capabilities. Toured the missile launch control center several years ago and observed a training exercise in it. Very interesting.

Thank Chuck B
Rapid City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The planes on exhibit are from every era in Air Force history. One is able to walk right up to each one and there is staff on hand to explain and educate. The inside museum could take a long time to walk through and view depending on a person's interest. the are few questions left in one's mind that cannot... More 

Thank Nancy E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here spur of the moment , on our trip to mount rushmore. It was amazing and so educational . Many planes and exhibits on site. Can sit in a cutout of an old fighter plane cockpit , which is super fun. A must see especially since its a free attraction

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