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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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Nice Museum

Nice place with some impressive airplanes, we can also recommend the one hour bus tour to the airforce base

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place with some impressive airplanes, we can also recommend the one hour bus tour to the airforce base

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a lot to see in the museum. You can pay for a bus tour to go into the air force base and to see a missile silo which was worth every penny. The tour lasted one hour.

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plan to spend a good part of the day here! There is a lot to see and be sure to take the tour onto the base! You wont regret it!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We couldnt believe this was a free museum. We are used to not paying at home in the UK but expect to be charged elsewhere. And this could certainly have been a chargeable trip as it was done very well. Plenty to see outside and the indoor exhibits were good as well. They also do a tour of the airforce... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You do not often see a B-52, B-29 and B-1B on display at your average air museum. The main reason I stopped while passing through was the B-1B and B-52. I have never seen either up close. I did not spend a lot of time inside because of the limited amount of time that I had, but what I did... More 

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Lewis, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Right outside of the main gate to Ellsworth AFB. Thus, it is available to the public. The displays are beautifully done. Very clean grounds. Information on evey exhibit was very good. Inside our 2 boys ( ages 10 and 11) were able to crawl inside a real jet simulator to how it would feel, look at all the gauges and... More 

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is near the grounds of Ellsworth Air Force Base northeast of Rapid City. It consists of a fairly large in door display and also about 30 military airplanes and missiles of various vintages displayed outdoors where you can walk around them to view. The exhibits are well described on the signage associated with each item. Those interested in... More 

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Seacoast NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a whim after reading about it on TA. My father in law was in the air force so he really got a kick out of it. Lots of planes displayed outdoors and interesting exhibits inside the building. Definitely worth the trip.

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Conway, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative. Lots of planes. Any man would be enthralled with all the various airplanes. A nice walk through.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son is a self-proclaimed aviation expert. He was overjoyed as he described all of the stationary aircraft exhibits and thoroughly pleased with the minuteman missile exhibit inside the museum. If we had more time, it would have been great to tour the inside of one of the silos. Doesn't compete with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, but it... More 

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