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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 #6 of 34 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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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We love this museum! This is a great museum for children. We have 2 boys ages 9 and 12 and the size of this museum was perfect for them. There are quite a few planes outside so wear some comfy shoes. If you haven't been on an Airforce base before, do take the tour. It's great to get on base... More

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Grasonville, Maryland, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

First off, I am spoiled when it comes to going to Air Museums. Once you go to the Air & Space Museum or Wright-Patterson AFB, everything else is a level lower. This museum offers a tour of Ellsworth AFB. I asked the young gal what does that include. It included a tour of the medical facility, barracks, mess hall and... More

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Cheshire, England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great collection of planes on static display including a B52, a B1 and a Superfortress. Had a very pleasant time wandering around all the exhibits for an hour or so and it is free with plentiful parking.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Numerous planes (approx. 20-25) you can see for free. There are benches for those who need them. There are some indoor displays (uniforms, etc).

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Tamborine Mtn, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It was very infomative, clean, spacious, and you could spend most of the day there. We had a little trouble finding the lifts for the wheelchair but after we were shown the way it was easy to get around. The staff were very friendly and very helpful.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

There are a lot of planes inside & outside. Spent more time there than we thought we would. Museum is free. A bus ride around the base & to an old missle silo costs. The missle silo was neat to see. The rest of the base tour was not very interesting.

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Lincoln, NE
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

As an Air Force brat - a son of two retired Staff Sergeants of the Air Force, it was great to come back to see this. Plenty of static displays of retired Air Force jets including a full sized B-1 and B-52! dozens others out there from WW2 to current age. It isn't all static displays of aircraft either, as... More

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Brooksville, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We took advantage of the free tour guide. The museum has a large outdoor collection of planes from WWII to current. Our tour guide provided much background and stories about the planes on exhibit. For an additional charge there is a van to a Minuteman Missile Silo and AF Base. If you want to see how our country has been... More

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Chula Vista, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
32 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good place to see a missile Silo, albeit a "mockup" of one. There are also some pretty nice planes to look at here.

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Saskatchewan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I thought this was a great place that had lots of history of WW2, Vietnam War and the Cold War. You can take a tour of the base but you need your passport if you are not a US citizen. Very nice staff and volunteers, and the best part was that it was free!

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