South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City: Hours, Address, South Dakota Air and Space Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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abbie k
Omaha, NE47 contributions
Fun and informative stop
Oct 2021 • Family
We didn't go inside (I think it was closed at the time?), But there were at least 25 planes, 3 missiles, and a helicopter to check out outside. A good variety, from WWII to present. My family and I had such a fun time walking the grounds and reading about the various aircraft. Would highly recommend.
Written October 16, 2021
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coachee1313
Montvale, NJ1,054 contributions
Grand!
Oct 2021
Truly worthwhile for anyone especially aviation and history buffs. Right off the highway on your way to Wall Drug or The Badlands. Go here!
Written October 12, 2021
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David G
Santa Clarita, CA509 contributions
Great displays and a free Museum at Ellsworth AFB
Sep 2021
Ellsworth Air Force Base has a great history and the museum is small but thorough. There are some great displays including a flight simulator and a jet cockpit that they let you climb into for photos! The outside displays have plaques that explain the history of the plane and how it was used over the years. Love this place.
Written October 8, 2021
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Cade B
1 contribution
Great time.
Aug 2021
Good time. Took my kids. The loved it. The worker inside tell us some history about the aircraft outside. The B-29 bomber has been on 3 trips in Vietnam. The only downfall was having to wear masks. It is still worth the 5 stars though and it was FREE!!! If you have time to kill I recommend coming here.
Written September 9, 2021
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Amy
Hayden Lake, ID6 contributions
Mask General
Sep 2021
I was handing a mask to my husband as I open the door and the guy stopped me from an interior door and demanded stop! you cannot even come in here without a mask on, you can’t even touch that door without a mask. They closed inside at 1 pm and would not allow us to come in even though I had masks. Mask Nazi-so much for freedom and appreciating war veterans.
Written September 7, 2021
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Andrea B
St. Marys, GA17 contributions
First time in South Dakota!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Absolutely amazing!! First off, it’s free so a huge thank you to those who have contributed to keep this place so clean and available for all! Wonderful place to visit- truly I recommend!
Written August 3, 2021
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Jason R
New Hampton, IA379 contributions
COVID has really hurt
Jul 2021
I had seen this place as a kid and really wanted to go back. Sadly, and understandably, due to COVID19 the base tour isn't available. The museum has some really good airplane displays and the models on site are impressive. Worth stopping, but as most things in life, it wasn't as I remembered it as a kid.
Written August 1, 2021
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kmac2400
Wheeling, IL73 contributions
Definitely must see if in the Rapid City area.
Jun 2021
The museum is located just outside the Ellsworth Air Force Base and approximately 5 miles from Rapid City. The displays are laid out very well and the actual aircraft and missiles are well maintained. I was not sure what to fully expect and I can admit it was a very nice surprise. My wife who is not really into these types of museums was also even impressed and enjoyed our visit. The outside exhibits are surrounded by flat concrete paths so its easy walking, as well as easy for strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs. The inside portion has various historic displays, including a cockpit simulator from the early generation of the B-1 Lancer bombers (similar 2nd generation bombers are stationed at the adjacent Ellsworth Air Force Base). Being somewhat of a geek, our visit was approximately 2 1/2 hours; depending upon your interest or time constraints, you could easily adjust your visit accordingly.

There is no cost for the museum and parking is ample (and free).

(P.S. while we were at the museum, B-1 bombers were taking off and landing at the nearby air force base. The museum is on a slight ridge so you can see this type of activity quite clearly. The roar of the bombers was much louder than I expected and was an added treat.)
Written August 1, 2021
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH592 contributions
Great stop for plane lovers
Jun 2021
If you love planes and are visiting the area, this is a great stop. The museum has a number of planes on display outdoors as well as indoor displays. We learned a lot about the air force in SD. We also saw planes taking off and landing from ellsworth..which my husband love. Plus it is free.
Written July 18, 2021
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Traveler
712 contributions
Must take time to stop and see this great museum
Jul 2021
This is a small (compared to some other aviation museums), but is well worth the visit. The outside display of planes is done very good. Lots of walkways and story boards to explain the role each plane played. The interior displays are not very big. But they are all well laid out, and again, lots of story boards. This museum seems more focused on the impact of Ellsworth AFB to the overall mission of the USAF. This gives a more personal feel to the displays.
Written July 16, 2021
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