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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
Phone Number: 605-385-5189
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War...
Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons from the 1930's.
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The museum is interesting but take the bus tour thru the air force base. Extremely interesting. They take you to a silo where a minuteman missile is. Very cool.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Billings
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The museum is interesting but take the bus tour thru the air force base. Extremely interesting. They take you to a silo where a minuteman missile is. Very cool.

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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

One of the best air and space museums I have been to...wonderful, wide-variety of aircraft, pilot memorabilia, videos, etc. They could easily charge admission for this museum, it was one of the better stops of our trip. We were so happy we stopped here.

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Basehor, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were very impressed with displays both outside and inside. This small unassuming display has a B1 as it's welcome display and just gets better with over 20 aircraft outside for us to get close to at you own pace. Some signs a little weather but get a map from inside to help out. The inside displays full of first... More 

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McPherson, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I saw the ad for this museum in the back of one of the hotel magazines...glad we went! Unfortunately we didn't have time in our schedule to take the guided base tour but we did get a close up look at the 20 or so aircraft outside the museum and the exhibits inside. My father is retired USAF so we... More 

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Rockford, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The outside of this museaum looks a bit ragged but the displays inside are unique to South Dakota and the adjacent Ellsworth Base. I especially enjoyed the history of the women pilots and the SD pioneer pilots. The aircraft outside were interesting although several descriptive placards were missing so do not know what one is looking at. Most disappointing was... More 

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Denver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Loved the Missile Silo! Great collection of planes with historical significance. I've visited a number of air museums in many different cities and often times the collection of other artifacts is a little lacking in presentation-- this was true here -- but the content was good and it is a free museum!

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to visit -- especially if you have been in the Air Force. Another top treat is that it is free to visit, donation accepted. So many things to look at and see. Many old things from previous year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a must to see if you are close and love missiles, and planes. Has a tour of a actual missile silo (this cost money) has to wings to the museum so make sure you check both sides. Has a gift shop to help pay for some of the upkeep.

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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

At first this place seems like a somewhat dilapidated airplane graveyard...but then you wander around and realize how many flying machines are actually on display...and that's just outside. Inside the two adjacent hangars, the curators have had a lot of fun putting together historical and interactive displays that light up the imagination. My husband and I visited and while he,... More 

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Hopkinton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Our plan was to make a guick stop here and ended up spending a couple of hours. First we checked out the various planes outside and then went into the museum. Wow! is all I can say. I personally did not expect it to be so interesting. We did take the option to visit the base on a tour. Very... More 

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Additional Information about South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Address: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
Phone Number: 605-385-5189
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Rapid City
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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