South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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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
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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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BusinessTraveler87
Minot, ND111 contributions
Oct 2022
Great Aircraft Displays! Disappointed that indoor galleries were closed, not sure why.
If COVID related, that hasn't been an issue for quite a while. Appreciated the information signs at the exhibits.
Written October 27, 2022
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James F
Leeds, United Kingdom11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Disappointed that there's no information on their website nor on their Facebook page stating that the indoor exhibition space is closed, this includes the restrooms.
The outdoor exhibits were in good condition and had sufficient information about them (better level of detail is given on the aircraft on the USS Intrepid in NYC ~ would have been appreciated)
Written October 3, 2022
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11 contributions
Sep 2022
Unfortunately, the museum was not open, but the planes that were outside were just incredible. We learned a lot!
Written September 29, 2022
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Nicholas F
3 contributions
Aug 2022
Got visit as a sidelight to our main trip. Felt very lucky to there. Thanks to our helpful guide we got to see General Eisenhower's personal plane.
Written August 19, 2022
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rondah290
Lynn Haven, FL150 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
The outside was the only thing open. Very disappointed that the inside attractions were closed for renovations. I hope that the next time I get to visit this location, that the inside will be open.
Written August 18, 2022
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Lentara71
Houston, TX116 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Great collection of outdoor warbirds.

We went July 2022 and the museum building was closed due to lack of available volunteer docents.

There are about 30 vintage aircraft outside, including two unarmed missiles, that are open to look at.

If you are a veteran or fan of aircraft, be sure to check out this free exhibit.

Note that even though the building is currently closed, gates are open 8am-5pm daily.
Written August 3, 2022
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Susan W
East Palestine, OH13 contributions
Jul 2022
Stopped on Sunday morning at 9. Gate was locked, even though the website said it opened at 9. We hung around until 9:30 and someone eventually came and unlocked the gate. Inside museum was closed for "updating", but outside displays were labeled well. We enjoyed the variety within the displays. FREE.
Written August 2, 2022
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Ezseabreeze
Tampa, FL10 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
I was stationed at Ellsworth AFB 30 years ago and was really hoping to visit the museum and tour the base to show my kids the B-1 that I worked on but the museum was closed and tours are cancelled. This is not easy to get to so they need to do better especially when people are traveling for summer.
Written August 2, 2022
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Ben C
Iowa City17 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
It was fun to see the old military planes but you aren’t able to see inside any of the aircraft. The inside was closed as well. Kind of a waste of a trip from Keystone, SD.
Written June 30, 2022
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Susan P
Lancaster County, PA10 contributions
Jun 2022
We were only able to tour the outside displays due to lack of volunteers, but we found the signage at the displays to be exceptional. They not only gave the specifications of the aircraft, but they shared a story about the aircraft and a story about someone associated with the aircraft.
Written June 23, 2022
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South Dakota Air and Space Museum (Rapid City) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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South Dakota Air and Space Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM