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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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The Air & Space Museum was a very interesting attraction. There was quite a bit to see. The size of the planes and the information provided made the museum a "must see".

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Kasey G
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Air & Space Museum was a very interesting attraction. There was quite a bit to see. The size of the planes and the information provided made the museum a "must see".

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Goshen, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in with another couple. We watched a video at the Minuteman missile exhibit. It showed the operators underground and their equipment. This was interesting. And then a portion of bomber cockpit that you could sit behind and watch a video. All in all it was interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was tired that day so I sat in the car my husband went to the museum. I told him to take 2-3 hours I did not care. He was back in the car in a half hour. He said there was not much to see it was pretty small inside ,outside I saw quite a few different kinds of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you love modern American history, fighter planes through the ages, and how we kept the peace during the long Cold war - through strength not appeasement - Ellsworth AFB is the place you must visit.

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful museum and grounds. Enjoyed the history and all the planes on display. More history included than expected.

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Rapid City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is absolutely something from every era, lots of interactive displays and so much to see. It was very interesting for our whole family. We live close and had met some out of town guests here because they wanted to check it out. Surprise! It was so much fun we will definitely be going back again! Don't miss this-it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family enjoyed touring the SD Air and Space Museum and it helped round out our national parks road trip. We added on the tour to Ellsworth Air Force Base which included a visit into the base Minuteman II missile silo. This in addition to the Minute Men National Site was a great education opportunity for my boys that really... More 

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Brevard, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this museum because it had started to rain and we needed an inside activity. The museum is very nice. You can also take a tour to the practice missle silo, and go down inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice displays, lots of real aircraft to look at outside. Nice gift shop. Friendly staff. Free to go to, donations accepted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As we were staying just one exit west we took the time to check it out. We were very pleased with our visit getting some history of the air base. We also took the minute man missile tour and were glad we did. The tour guide was very well versed in the subject on gave a great tour.

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