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“If you have time”

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
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“If you have time”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

I thought it was interesting. There are actual aircraft outdoors and they are something to see, however military buffs and kids will probably enjoy it more.

Visited June 2013
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Quebec
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This was great. A lot of planes and jets to see at your leisure. Very nice and clean the entry free and all they asked for was donations. What a great way to support our military and the wonderful men and women who fight for our freedom.

Visited June 2013
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Rochester,MN
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Take the minuteman II and base tour.”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The museum is free and well worth your time on its own. We also took the missile and base tour and loved it. The missile is only underground about 3 staircases that are very wide and have nice railings. You have to go through a security check to get on base. Make sure to bring a drivers license.

Visited June 2013
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North Dakota
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very educational”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We spent several hours just wandering around the planes that are on display, each one has a write up in front of it describing what year it was built and what it was used for. There is also a museam with many more things to learn about. This is a wonderful learning experience and it is free to the public. We would recommend this to anyone.

Visited June 2013
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Blanchard, Iowa
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“Very Educational”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

They had many aircraft outside for viewing. They also had several benches allowing you to sit and rest along the way. Inside were great displays depicting the history of the air force in South Dakota. They also offer tours of the base.

Visited June 2013
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