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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 37 Attractions in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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125 reviews 125 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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4 reviews 4 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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322 reviews 322 reviews
68 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
35 helpful votes 35 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Yeovil
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum is located next to the Ellsworth AFB and while visiting we were lucky to see a pair of B52's take off, still impressive aircraft and a B1 land The majority of the aircraft are outside in the grounds and as we visited on a hot sunny day we could have not asked for more, the aircraft are well... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This museum is mostly outside exhibits of many types of aircraft. It is only a fence away from but outside Ellsworth Air Force Base. They have A B2 bomber, B52, B29 and many more full size planes on display outdoors. Inside they have some interesting displays and a nice gift shop. We were lucky enough to be there when several... More

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11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This museum has an excellent display of aircraft located outside. Inside the museum they have on display an aircraft, engine and numerous historical exhibits. They also have excellent service and items in their gift shop.

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