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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567-7002
+1 605-433-5552
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Brushing up on history.

This was an interesting and easy stop along Route 90. The film was informative and the displays... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Deb B
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
Cold War history brought to life

Stopped on our way home from a trip to the Black Hills. Have driven past in prior years but never... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
72Airstream
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Midwest
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567-7002
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an interesting and easy stop along Route 90. The film was informative and the displays were great reminders of our history past and present. It is worth 20 minutes of everyone's time.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped on our way home from a trip to the Black Hills. Have driven past in prior years but never stopped. So glad I did a little research and put this place on the itinerary this year. Tickets to the launch facility tour can be...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a stop, and a perfect addendum to a Badlands drive. It doesn't take long to go through, but this well-crafted presentation skillfully weaves together the historical context of the cold war and the human experience of the people working in and living near...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This small but intense national historical park is literally at a freeway off ramp in the remoteness of western South Dakota. The curators have done an excellent job in recreating the bizarre atomic bomb anxiety and frenzy of the 1950s. Of particular interest are the...More

Thank Kevin B
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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. Reservations can be made on-line or by phone at 866-601-5129. Reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to tour date. SAME DAY tour reservations are not available. Delta-01...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a history buff, so I didn't think I would like AT ALL. However, the group I was traveling with like rockets, military stuff, and such, so I went along. The actual site was really boring as I didn't quite understand what I...More

1  Thank mkrisk
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We remember in years past seeing Air Force security vehicles in this part of SD. This new and well done museum gives one a great glimpse into the life of the missile techs who literally had their hands on the button to launch nuclear tipped...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This site was included on our tour......to be honest, I didn't think that I would enjoy this stop, but I'm glad to say that this was a true information-filled experience! During the Cold War, a large number of nuclear missiles (about 1000 of them) were...More

1  Thank LivinglifeinPA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Minuteman Missile historic site the same day as Badlands National Park. The historic site actually consists of 3 separate locations, which confused me when I was planning our trip. On I-90, exit 131 is where you get off for Badlands and For...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to see this place. It was highly educational and scary at the same time. It has been capped off for a long time, but was active during the cold war

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide at the Minuteman Missile site was on duty when the site was active. He provided a very interesting perspective and was open to answering questions from those in attendance. It was a good place to stop half-way through the Badlands tour. The silos...More

1  Thank Pat C
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It is a really isolated place, so I don't think there is anywhere to board your puppy, but the place is fairly small, so you might be able to have someone stay with the puppy while the other is inside
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So that you aren't rushing, I would allow at least 4 hours. The museum is relatively small, but packed with so much information you'll want to read, watch, and hear. We weren't able to catch the tour, but if I remember... More
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