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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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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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This was a wonderful time for both of us. Took a bus trip around the base and went down in a middle silo.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Alton
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was a wonderful time for both of us. Took a bus trip around the base and went down in a middle silo.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

You can't beat this if you like airplanes and/or museums. It's free and very interesting, with lots of real planes on display and good history. Be sure to ask for the self-tour guide and watch some of the videos. If you want a tour of the Air Force Base and missile silo (training mockup) you have to pay a small... More 

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Billings, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We spent about an hour and a half to go through both indoor and outdoor displays. It isn't huge by any means, but has lots to see. There are may WW 2 and Viet Nam era fighters and bombers plus a B1B that people can walk right up to. Fun way to kill an hour or so.

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Mundelein, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Be sure to take the base and minuteman missile site tour ($8). Bob, the tour guide, is very knowledgeable and entertaining. The museum is free and has a treasure trove of histry, scale models and military history.

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Watertown, South Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Outside the main gate of Ellsworth AFB just east of rapid city. The museum is free and has two large areas of displays including a control room for the Minuteman missile silos. An optional bus tour takes you on base and to a missile silo training site. Not a lot to be seen but the only way to see this... More 

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a good choice on a rainy and cold day. Free museum. If you want to take the tour of the missile launch control facility, you need to schedule far in advance.

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Carrot River, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a great time here, there is a lot of interesting stuff to see. They have a good number of jets, planes and helicopters inside and out. Also a lot of history on aviation. They also had missiles bombs and other military weapons lots of cool stuff to see. It's a good place to go if your on a... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

There is a large B1 Bomber to greet you when you arrive. This museum has a large collection of aircraft on display (outdoors) and many historical items inside. This museum overlooks Ellsworth AFB. If you are into aviation, this is a must see. It's FREE!!! There is a cost if you want to take a bus tour of Ellsworth AFB.

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Wasco, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were fascinated by the missile silo and loved the Vi Cowden movie. The tour was great, and made our trip to South Dakota!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is definitely worth the stop, the museum itself is free to tour but there is an optional bus tour that takes you onto the air base itself. The bus tour includes a stop at a minuteman training silo where the party gets to go down and see the setup of the missile.

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