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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: 2890 Davis Dr., Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
Phone Number: 16053855189
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8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South...

Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South Dakota's premiere free aviation museum! The museum has two major static display venues: First, a outdoor air park filled with WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, and present day aircraft lets you get close to & touch history. This includes the currently flown B-1B Lancer. Secondly, four historical hangars showcase military history & technology,space tech & EROS, SD aviation, and EAFB local military history in a fresh and immersive walk-through. Mid-May through Mid-September bus tours of nearby Ellsworth AFB and the Minuteman II missile training silo are offered at a nominal fee. You will be able to go inside the silo and on base for a 50 minute guided tour of the only MMII silo open to the public. Make sure you bring your ID or Passport (Non-US) to enjoy the tour!

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Up, up, and away!

We stopped in on a beautiful summer day. I don't know who was more excited, my boys or my husband. They had a ton of fun exploring the many planes outside the facility. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in on a beautiful summer day. I don't know who was more excited, my boys or my husband. They had a ton of fun exploring the many planes outside the facility. It sparked some great conversation by my sons about differences in engineering and designs of the planes. Educational, yet a lot of fun!

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Monticello, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the optional bus tour of Ellsworth Air Force base. It was only $8.00 per person and children under 5 are free. Great tour, we got to see a decommissioned missile silo and missile. We got back to the museum, which was free and we had a free tour of the planes parked outside including a b1b bomber.... More 

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Sundance, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great to see history and look at things of the past great place to see history. Kids get to sit in a 'Jet" it is a great time.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We made a quick stop here on our way into Rapid City. The planes were fun to look at. Inside you can walk around and read about the history of the place. Good free entertainment.

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took our kids out for a morning visit and found it very interesting. Lots of aircraft to look at and many great exhibits, flight simulators, etc. And best of all for families, it's free. Definitely worth a visit.

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Dothan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wish we had time to go on the tour of the missle silo..... that would have been really interesting. Lots of greeat aircraft on display to see. Really nice gift shop too. Allow a few hours for this, and the tour if you can do that.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like airplanes then this is a must see museum. There are a number of planes around the museum that you can look at and learn more about from museum staff. There are also a number of exhibits which show Air Force history.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Never been to an Air Force museum. Saw a lot of old planes and helicopters along with a lot of past history. Learned alot

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West Fork, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

From the B1B at the entrance to the tours of Ellsworth AFB, this is the Air & Space museum to visit with lots of interesting facts and exhibits.

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Ft. Worth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Son-In-Law is in Air Force so had to go to see the museum. It is quite large & we really enjoyed it all. We go to all we come up on & this is a nice one. Would recommend it to all who like planes.

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