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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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Never too old to learn

We visited the Ellsworth Air Force Base Museum , Rapid City, SD., as a side trip. Little did we know that this area was full of Air Force Treasures, completed with a guided tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the Ellsworth Air Force Base Museum , Rapid City, SD., as a side trip. Little did we know that this area was full of Air Force Treasures, completed with a guided tour from an active duty Air Force representative. Our guide invited questions regarding each item he covered on the tour, lending to more information about our country's... More 

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Friendship, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is very interesting, especially for older adults and/or kids that love planes and rockets. The guide was very informative about everything during the tour. Don't forget to visit the Minuteman training silo. It is especially kool for children who are not familiar with what went on during the Cold War era! A "must see".

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Denton, Texas, United States
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice place to visit. Be sure you take the time for the 45 minute tour to the training silo for the Minute Man Missile crews. We almost missed this one.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I love the guide that took us around. He was patient with my three year old and just kept answering his questions like he was an adult. It was a great experience, my son just wanted to follow the "plane man" all day long

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a must see and experience and free You wont want to miss this one. The displays were Great and you actually get to set in a simulator. You can also try your hand at flying and landing on a set up they have there. plus a gift shop. Great time there.

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Kingston, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lots of planes and plenty of displays to view. Lots of history. Perfect for a rainy day outing. Easy to get to.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you are into military history and airplanes, this is a "must see" opportunity. My father-in-law flew a C-47 in WW II and one is on display. Interesting to match the real plane with his stories. The B1 and B 52 planes are really great to see up close. Without a doubt this is for young and old alike. A... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not many places offer the opportunity to visit a museum linked with an air base in America that features real airplanes on display. The history of the Air Force is very interesting and very well done.

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Somerset, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an attraction that shows many of our countries legacy helicopter, jets, prop, and the mamoth B1 bomber all stationed outside. The inside display has a flight simulator game and a cockpit kids are welcome to go in. There is also a B1 Bomber cockpit and control station. My 3 and 6 year old loved it while I read... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stopped here on our way home from Rapid City. We have been to several air and space museums and this one was really good. It is so cool to walk right up to the aircraft outside. Inside there is a cockpit that you can sit in. That was my son's favorite part! Definitely a great place for families!

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