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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
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+1 605-433-5552
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th...

The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile is an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is located immediately north of I-90, exit 131. The Launch Control Facility Delta-01 is located four miles west (tickets required for entry) and the Delta-09 missile silo is fifteen miles west of the visitor center.

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Great Visitor Center, Tour and Missile Site

We visited all 3 sites, starting with the Visitor Center first thing in the morning (we were the in August when you still had to get tickets in the morning) and we toured the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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McFarland, Wisconsin
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McFarland, Wisconsin
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited all 3 sites, starting with the Visitor Center first thing in the morning (we were the in August when you still had to get tickets in the morning) and we toured the visitor center after getting our tickets. My son worked on his Junior Ranger badge which was great that he co do it all in the visitor... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Since the Cold War began in the 1950's U.S. Air Force crews have manned underground bunkers controlling Intercontental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). This brand-new national historic site tells the stories of the men and women who, to this day, are responsible for launching these city-killing weapons. Fortunately, none have ever been launched in anger. If you ask these crews and those... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading about the limited number of spots on the tours, I arrived to the Historic Site about 90 minutes prior to opening. That was good enough to get me around 6th in line. The line slowly built until opening. There were only 1 or 2 slots left after the line had worked its way through after the doors opened.... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The fee is $6 per adults and... More 

North Oxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

We visited the actual missile silo, but didn't have a chance to see the visitor center or do a guided tour. You can do a cell-phone guided audio tour of the silo site, which was very informative. Worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

The museum was very informative and interesting. Make sure you schedule a bunker tour as well. You actually get to tour an actual bunker. Our tour had a retired Air Force officer who actually worked in the bunker doing the tour. His insight was really cool.

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Since the reviewer visited in the spring of 2016, the park has phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The fee is $6 per adults and... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Fascinating, sad, creepy are words to describe the Minuteman Missile Site. Exhibits describe the missile defence system during the Cold War. Missiles were "hidden in plain sight" in farmers' fields in the Great Plains. A piece of history not to be missed.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The National Park Service has done a fantastic job keeping the importance alive of what could have happened in our past. The visitor's center (exit 131 off I-90) is extremely interesting and well worth the time to explore. The sophistication of the missile defense system that was in place was truly amazing. Also, just a short distance from the visitor's... More 

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Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

The night before driving out to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site from Rapid City, I doubled checked the directions on their website and was dismayed when I found that tickets were required for the tour by the National Park Service and that none were available for 2 days. So, if you're planning a visit here, book your tour tickets... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

In October 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system, approved in 2014. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The tour fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations can be made on-line or by phone at 866-601-5129. Park staff strongly recommend planning ahead and ensuring you... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

I had no idea the work, the science, the commitment, the training and the expertise required to keep our missile defense system operating... This place is a definite "must" to visit - for one it's interesting but for two, it's an important part of the American (and world) story. Much respect for everyone involved - from the MIssileers to the... More 

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Ozark, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I was a member of the first MCC (Missile Combat Crew) to accept Delta flight (including Delta 1 and Delta 9) from the Boeing Company in early July 1963. This was the first site activated at Ellsworth Air Force Base 44th Strategic Missile Wing. I have not been back since I left Ellsworth in 1969 but I look forward to... More 

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