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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: 2890 Rushmore Drive, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD 57706
Phone Number: 16053855189
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at...

Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South Dakota's premiere aviation museum! The outdoor air park let's you get close to WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, and present day aircraft,including the currently stationed B-1B Lancer. Four hangars showcase military and local aviation history in a fresh and immersive walk through of major events, military commands, and the stories of flying men and women who lived to ensure the legacy of flight and freedom for future generations.

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First off, this museum is in Box Elder, South Dakota. It is just outside the main gate for Ellsworth AFB, which is a 15 minute drive from Rapid City proper. It is definitely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, this museum is in Box Elder, South Dakota. It is just outside the main gate for Ellsworth AFB, which is a 15 minute drive from Rapid City proper. It is definitely worth the drive! It is a free museum with really cool static displays. For its size, it has more airplanes than you would expect. I enjoy their... More 

Thank LovelyStrife
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outside has many of the planes that were in use in the late 60's and others. As a retired air force person, my husband loved it! Inside the exhibits were lovingly done and gave an accurate view of the history of SAC, etc.

Thank pkh315
Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting static displays of aircraft. Especially enjoyed the exhibits detailing portions of the cold war defense and offence capabilities. Toured the missile launch control center several years ago and observed a training exercise in it. Very interesting.

Thank Chuck B
Rapid City
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The planes on exhibit are from every era in Air Force history. One is able to walk right up to each one and there is staff on hand to explain and educate. The inside museum could take a long time to walk through and view depending on a person's interest. the are few questions left in one's mind that cannot... More 

Thank Nancy E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Stopped here spur of the moment , on our trip to mount rushmore. It was amazing and so educational . Many planes and exhibits on site. Can sit in a cutout of an old fighter plane cockpit , which is super fun. A must see especially since its a free attraction

Thank Wolves0991
Chico, California
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We stopped here, because my husband loves F111A fighters. The museum had some interesting artifacts and displays. We enjoyed the impromptu history lesson.

Thank norcalfoodie2014
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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783 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 601 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I found this museum very interesting, and its layout was comprehensive and coherent. The military in general and, in this case, the Air Force, is probably not what most people think - unless you were there. You can never put yourself in the shoes of those who have served, but you can understand a little better, and come away with... More 

Thank HowlnBubba
Eastern Shore Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Air & space museums are often part of our travels and this one was well worth it. The outside displays were great. It was particularly neat to see the Titan Missile as we had just left the Minuteman Missile site. Not a large museum, only took about an hour to see. Staff was friendly and helpful. If you like aviation... More 

Thank passlaw2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

There is no fee to see this attraction. Inside you will find a gift shop and different artifacts and dioramas depicting different aspects of Air Force operation. Outside you can get close to the huge bombers (B1, B52), old fighter aircraft and a Huey helicopter. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a nice way to burn off... More 

Thank Peter R
Milford, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This is an interesting tour especially seeing the Titan Missile training silo on the base.It has an excellent display of historic aircraft and other aviation history plus you can see planes departing from the base.

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