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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Address: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
Phone Number: 605-385-5189
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Ranked #8 of 67 things to do in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons...
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Type: Science museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner 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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 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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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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688 reviews 688 reviews
300 attraction reviews
440 helpful votes 440 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Pueblo West, Colorado
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76 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I am retired Air Force (30 years) and this museum brought back many fond memories. Good static displays outside, interesting exhibits inside and a nice gift shop. Many neat things to see and much history to absorb. I am really glad we made the stop on the way to Wall Drug and the Badlands.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Easy, quick stop off the interstate and the planes are located outside for a free viewing. We did not go inside as we had already seen a missile bunker at Interior. It's a must see for those who love planes and military history. We spent about an hour here. You can walk on the paved paths or seems you could... More 

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