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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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One of a kind museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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
33 helpful votes 33 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 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Lots of aircraft and the chance to walk right up to them. I never imagined that I would have the chance to walk under the 8 engines of a B-52. A great exhibit.

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New York City, New York
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300 attraction reviews
474 helpful votes 474 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We park and there it is: the powerful Black Bird is facing us, the view is overwhelming. It's exciting, building enthusiasm and pride. All those feelings just grow as we walk through the premises: exhibits are well documented, I'm not exactly sure about their organization, but they are interesting and educational. And they make you feel proud to be American.... More 

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Rapid City
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to visit with family and friends cheap and very knowledgeable! Must see when visiting eafb!

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Sidney, Nebraska
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went with my wife, our five year old and our three year old - we all loved it and ended up spending much more time than originally anticipated. The size of some of those planes are mind boggling. The indoor area has a lot of fun interactive things that the kids loved plus a nice souvenir shop.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We stopped out on snowy Veterans Day, enjoyed taking a look around. The woman at the desk was friendly and informative. Appreciated the hot coffee and the tourism info available there. Look forward to getting back when the weather is nice so we can enjoy an outdoor tour of all the planes.

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Wonderful information.Super artifacts. And good displays. Open many days. Good hours. Easy parking. The planes were so detailed, and so clean inside. The staff was very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

There are decommissioned aircraft outside to read about and view. The museum portion was laid out well and they had knowledgeable staff and volunteers to assist.

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