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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
Phone Number: +1 605-433-5552
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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North Oxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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West Des Moines, IA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

It tells the story of our nuclear arsenal. Not a huge amount to see but they have tours of old missile silos off site. Oh, make sure your toddler doesn't try to use the display bathroom like mine did.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

It's a small location but very informative. They had audio information to listen to. The kids did their Junior Ranger books. It's a good place to visit about the Cold War and how many baby boomers and their kids lived during this time. NOTE: the visitor center closes at 4 PM, not the published 4:30 PM. We had 30 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Growing up in the 60's, one can clearly remember the Cuban missle crisis, between President Kennedy and Russia's premier, Nikita Kruschev. Touring this facility reminded you of how prepared the US was. There were silo's all throughout the mid-west states, the control centers were hidden under normal small buildings. To get a pass for the tour, you must arrive at... More 

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

Please do not wait in line - with the reservation system tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. At the time this review was written, tour tickets were distributed daily on a first-come, first-served basis. In October 2016, the park is phasing in a reservation and fee system approved in 2014. Beginning... More 

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