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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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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...more
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24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567-7002
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The site is composed of three locations- the visitor center/gift shop/museum; Delta 1, an above ground set of buildings with a guided tour of the underground Launch Control Center; and Delta 9, a self guided tour of a missile in a silo. The sobering reality...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Joe S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are actually three separate physical sites to this attraction. The main site is the museum or visitor center that is located just north of I-90 at exit 131 (this is also the exit for the east entrance to Badlands National Park, which is about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2019

Located just north of I-90 at exit 131, the Minuteman Missile historical site visitor center is a very interesting stop that can be well experienced even if one is on a tight schedule but if you have real interest in the history of the Cold...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed January 27, 2019

This was a great stop along the way on I-90. You get to learn about the country's ICBM program. The actual missile silo is off another exit. You don't have to go to the visitor center to see the silo. If you're going eastbound I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ThreeWiseMen1998
Reviewed January 16, 2019

After visiting the Delta-09 Minuteman II Missile Silo we stopped here. It is very interesting with details of the USA missile deployment. Take the time to read the descriptions especially the ones about "close calls" on launches--this is scary because how close we came to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank gray_but_not_old
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The museum is not very interesting. Wish we knew that advance reservations were needed for a silo visit. Not sure we could have done this anyway because it is too hard to plan that specifically on a long road trip. But, it would have been...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed October 29, 2018

After leaving Badlands, we decided to swing into the visitor center and we were just in time for the movie! The visitor center was very interesting and has a lot of history that many of the younger generation has not experienced. Very informative! We didn't...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LJP63
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Had to visit this site as I had read about all of these Minutemen Missile Sites which were placed across Montana,Wyoming,North and South Dakota.A very informative visit but somewhat scary when you considered the purpose of these sites

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Davy1950inv
Reviewed October 29, 2018

This is close to the Interstate and worth the visit. Lots of information on the cold war. If you make reservations 3 months in advance you can go down into one of silo's. Not a lot of parking at the silo. so We left our...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sherill K
Reviewed October 28, 2018

A friend of mine mentioned that he had visited this site and recommended it. I can only say it was all I expected and more. The Park Staff was helpful and the exhibits were geared for all ages. it is good to be reminded whether...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Quinton W
October 1, 2018|
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Response from BL709 | Reviewed this property |
Outside yes, not sure about inside unless it is a service animals.
June 6, 2017|
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Response from ATravelDriver | Reviewed this property |
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