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

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 was an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site preserves a Launch Control Facility (D-01) and a missile silo (D-09) associated with the 44th Missile Wing in western South Dakota. Open Wed-Sun 8am to 4pm Mountain Time

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A must for history and military buffs.

Unfortunately, I couldn't take the tour, but the actual launch location was really cool to see. I've spent too much time checking out former missile locations on Wikipedia and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Frank D
South Bend, Indiana
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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unfortunately, I couldn't take the tour, but the actual launch location was really cool to see. I've spent too much time checking out former missile locations on Wikipedia and Google Maps not to stop here since we were in the area. Interest will be varied. My dad and I thought it was great. My mom and daughter didn't even get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an informative center highlighting the nuclear arms race and the nearby minuteman missile control center. It's amazing to think how many times we nearly had a nuclear holocaust. Good to take your younger family too that may not know anything about the threat of war we faced prior to the 1990's. Smaller site and worth the visit if... More 

Thank Monte B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nuclear weapons on US soil? You have to go to Minuteman and find out. Film at start is mind blowing. Great photo history and interesting for kids. Don't forget to drive out to vacant site and look through the glass roof

Thank BlackandBlue67
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at 6:40 a.m. And we're the first in line. The gate opened at 7 and by 8 there were 50 people lined up when they opened. They ran 9 tours of 6 as the elevator is too small to carry more people. Our tour guideways very knowledgeable as he had worked there himself when it was in operation.... More 

Thank glorybe2013
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was amazingly educational and sobering. We were there 15 minutes before opening at 8 am and got some of the last tickets for the tour so get there early. It is worth it. The exhibits are really well done and provide a comprehensive overview of nuclear proliferation and current status of various country's nuclear programs. Plan on at least... More 

Thank EveCarp
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been traveling from east to west side of the state for years and didn't know how close we were to the cold war. A great tour if you can time it right. A must see.

Thank Steve P
bluegrass state
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in on a weekday mid morning to tour. We were in our 36 Ft. RV with a 25 ft trailer attached. They do have RV parking. The visitor center was small. The gift shop was smaller. The displays were nice. My son who is 12 could see what went on during this time period with the Cold War.... More 

Thank phislamajama
Anaheim, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ranger was full of information, but you had to travel west some distance (we were headed east) too see a site. There is a small museum, full of information. Unfortunately the tickets for the tour sold out early. I wish someone had told us so we could have purchased them.

Thank Leslie G
Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're at all interested in Cold War history and America's efforts to deter nuclear events, this is a fascinating site to visit. A new visitor center, beautiful inside and out, aptly outlines Cold War history in interactive and engaging exhibits. You can also tour a missile launch control center and launch site, but as others have noted, arrive early... More 

Thank MNDoodles
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors' centre is at exit 131 on the I 90 and it has a large car park and a small museum about the history of the Cold War and the development of the missile sites in the USA. There was also a list of incidences of worldwide nuclear near misses which I think would take a lot of internet... More 

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