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“Interesting, free attraction”

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ranked #7 of 70 things to do in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 24, 2012

This is interesting even for non aviation enthusiasts but apparently some of the exhibits can only be found here (according to my enthusiast!)
What I found particularly interesting was the $3 tour of the missile man silo - very sobering.

Thank PortsmouthLegaleagle
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

OK a B-29, B-52 and B-1 all right next to each other. Plus lots of the little guys that were there to protect them. Not much on space, but the guts and a great description of the launch pod of a minuteman missile silo. It is free and worth a decent donation.

Thank Mark1959
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We were foruntate to learn about this enroute to Rapid City. Our family enjoys learning about aviation--and this was an excellent place, with many very impressive aircraft. Thank you for providing this.

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

For someone who loves planes, this is the place to go. I am not into planes like my husband is but I really did enjoy it. Just seeing the size of the airplanes on display was amazing. Kids would love the planes outside. Inside would depend on the ages. I don't think kids under 7 would enjoy the inside.

2  Thank Buyumama
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We visited this museum while staying in Rapid City. The museum is free, and there is a tour of some of the base and a Minuteman missile training silo which has a small charge.

There are a large number of aircraft exhibited outside which are well-worth viewing. The interior has a number of large room filled with exhibits.

The tour was on a small bus and took us through parts of the site and into the training silo. The tour guide provided lots of information. Remember some photo ID as you do go through security onto the base.

1  Thank midlandsmoggy
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