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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
605-385-5189
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Ranked #7 of 35 Attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
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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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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106 reviews 106 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

As you drive into the parking lot of the Museum you will notice a magnificent B1B located near the entrance. This is just one of many, many planes on display. The museum is tastefully laid out and makes you proud to be an American. We are very happy we decided to take the offered guided tour of the Air Force... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

I went with my 6 & 8yr old boys. They loved it, although the youngest got bored on the tour. They both enjoyed all of the airplanes and my 8yr old enjoyed the tour. They both loved that they got to go underground and see a missile. You may even get lucky and see a B1-B or two take off!... More

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Princeton, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My husband loves anything about airplanes so we just had to stop here. It was a very good place. They had a lot of planes that you could see from different times like early wars to current times. Plus we took the tour for Ellsworth Air Force Base, which was well worth it. We got to go down into a... More

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Hilliard, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The outdoor exhibits were very cool, including a B1B, a B52, and 25 or so other planes. Kind of small inside compared with the AF museum at Wright Patterson or the Smithsonian Air & Space, but still enjoyable. Completely free unless you want to tour Ellsworth AFB.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Went to the air and space museum in June 2014 with my girlfriend. For someone interested in aerospace and military history this is a must see in Rapid City. Some of the displayed aircraft have seen better days, which is to be expected since the museum runs on donations. But it did not make it less interesting. There is an... More

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Minneapolis
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366 reviews 366 reviews
121 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were getting tired from a long drive from the east and stopped here to see the many planes. Nice to be able to get in the seat of a jet to see how it feels

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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Recommend taking the bus tour of Ellsworth Air Force base, I learned so much from our guide. It is rare in this day and age after 9/11 that the public are allowed on an active Air Force base. We actually got to see the old training Minuteman II missile silo. The museum and outside restored planes are free of charge.... More

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

My kids really enjoyed it...although basic, it still was interesting and educational. If your looking for fun, this isn't it. If your looking for an interesting place to take your children...not a bad idea to check out...

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The museum is rather simple with few compelling displays. You do get to see some authentic nuclear weapons. Look for the regional map of former missile silos. We were fascinated to learn that while silo were placed well away from Rapid City, other regional towns were encircled thus dooming them in the event of a nuclear attack. The Lancer B1... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We came early on a Sunday morning before leaving South Dakota. It was free admission, but if you want to go for a trip to the Air Base itself you need to pay the tour fee which does not cost that much and it leaves every hour. You also need to bring your drivers license or passport to enter the... More

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