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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 35 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We loved this place a true museum of history. Encouraging little hands and adult ones to touch and feel these amazing aircrafts. The tour guide Ron was totally fabulous, a ex-Vietnam veteran who had an amazing true stories to tell, knowing all the planes on display and hypnotic information...both guids outstanding...we wanted to take Ron back to uk with us!!!!

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Firestone, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If anyone in your family is a pilot or loves planes, this is the spot for you! Get up close and personal with these planes. Touch them and learn all about them! This Museum is free, although if you take the missle silo tour (which I recommend) there is a small fee for that. *pets not allowed in the gift... More

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Becker, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

You always expect these types of tourist places to be cheap and cheesy but this place is very nicely done. My family's favorite part was all the planes outside. To see them and their actual size was incredible. My two boys even were excited to read about them. Definitely go on the Ellsworth AFB tour. It was pretty cool to... More

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Corydon, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It was a nice small museum. It was a nice way to end our vacation. I would recommend visiting if you have extra time in the area

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you are in and around Rapid City a visit to the South Dakota Air and Space Museum is a must do. Entry to the museum and the gardens of aircraft are free!!! If you want to have a tour of Ellsworth AFB there is a small charge. This may seem like an odd comparison but here goes.... I have... More

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Denver, CO
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We recently stopped to visit the A&S Museum. When you drive up you see all of the planes and it is a pleasant walk around the yard while learning facts about the history of the planes. We got an extra treat when we found out there was a free day on base and there where touch and goes and fly... More

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Esterhazy, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was something that my husband really wanted to see. The museum was great. So much info and really well organized. We were also fortunate to get in on a tour of the Minuteman missile silo. Because we are Canadian citizens, we had to supply our passports. If you are an American citizen, you just need your driver's licence. This... More

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West Richland, Washington
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158 reviews 158 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Visited with our 12 year old granddaughter. She and we also found the museum very interesting. There is a nice quantity of aircraft around the grounds for close up viewing and picture taking. Inside they also have some interesting displays and mockups. If you have the time, take the bus tour of the base. The guide provides a lot more... More

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Hill City, South Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A great display of military aviation and ballistic missiles from the Cold War Era. Out front are WWII B-24 (Mitchell) used by Eisenhower, a B-29 Super Fortress, a Vietnam era Arc Light B-52, and plenty of great interceptors, fights and even trainers and helicopters. The Launch Control Facility and great, according to my Dad, a missileer, it is exactly how... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

On a trip across the US and Canada (East to West) we came across Ellsworth AFB. Being a pilot and aviation junky I appreciated the aircraft displays and missile silo. The planes are just parked on the tarmac so looking into, going into or any interactive displays. Still, how often do you get up close and personal with a B-29... More

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