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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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Very interesting, especially to veterans. Lots of vintage planes to see outside. Doesn't take long to see - we spent an hour there. They have a small gift shop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, especially to veterans. Lots of vintage planes to see outside. Doesn't take long to see - we spent an hour there. They have a small gift shop.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It's located right outside the Ellsworth AFB main gate. Most of the planes are outside with a few smaller ones and exhibits inside. If it's a hot day, walk around outside and check out the planes there first, then cool down inside with the exhibits. You can also sign up to tour the base. It's a free museum. There's something... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

this is DEFINITELY worth the stop! planes outside to see and inside they have good exhibits. Lear alot and can even take a tour of the base. Kids though adult will really enjoy this.

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Izmir, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We love the planes and it would be great of all the simulators working and the construction finished. We had fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

there are about 30 planes to see outside including a B1 bomber, B52, B29, and more. We saw 2 B1 bombers landing while we were there. There's also 2 hangars filled with a few more airplanes and a lot of local aviation. There's even a full scale mockup of the B1 cockpit. And it's all FREE.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

So glad we stopped to see the museum. Plenty of parking, even for an RV, exhibits inside and out, helpful brochure identifying the outside planes, plus it is FREE. Definitely worth the visit.

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Waterford, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The family was disappointed in the museum itself as it was very small and all the planes were outside-many without markings to tell what they were and what their significance was. The on-base tour was good because we got to see a Minuteman Missile Silo and go underground to see an actual missile and learn about the mission of the... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The displays were very well laid out, both inside and outside. The Aircraft on the outside were spaced far enough apart that you could walk around the entire aircraft. I was very surprised that there was a B1B there on display as there was one doing touch and go's at the Air Base. The museum inside had very interesting displays,... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Definately worth the admission, FREE! A nice low key stop with quite a bit to see. Several planes outside and an interesting museum in doors including a small gift shop with unique gifts. Very easy to get to from the highway.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Kids enjoyed the museum but enjoyed the ballistic missile silo tour near the museum. The national missile off the highway was closed for a movie shooting, so were thrilled to get this opportunity instead and even better the museum and tour had a groupon deal.

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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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