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“Loved every minute of it!”

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ranked #7 of 73 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I asked my wife if we could visit this attraction and she said (and I believe I married her in anticipation of this moment), "Sure!"
Boy am I ever glad we went. Free admission, and very very cool. We went on the $8 tour of Ellsworth AFB and the missle silo, and it is an absolute must see!
After the second hour, my wife was starting to get bored, so we left, but i could have easily made at least 1/2 day out of it.
Go see!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were quite surprised by the extent and quality of this museum at Ellsworth AFB. Most of my favorite aircrafts are on display outside and very accessible as you can walk right next to and under them. We also enjoyed the museum in itself as it diisplays some very interesting items inside. The volunteers are justifyingly proud of their museum. The fact that it is free is only a plus as we would have gladly pay a regular admission fee as the exhibits are that good. We did not tour the base as we did not have enough available time.

This museum is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Excellent place to visit. This museum will be on a short list of places to revisit. You can get close up and personal with the various aircraft operated by the air force, heck you can walk all around and even under the planes, Don't forget your camera! Had planned to spend only an hour or two, but ended up spending three. People working there were very friendly and familiar with the history of the planes and the air base.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

For a free museum its worth your time, especially if your'e into military or planes. Most of the planes are located outside so you could park and just walk around taking pictures. Inside is the gift store and a few more hangars with several displays. they have a minuteman missile display if you missed out on the one by the badlands. They also have a cockpit you can climb in and play with the buttons. There's an optional tour of the airforce base for a fee. Plan to spend around 1.5-2 hours here, there's alot to see.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Take the tour to see the inside of the missile silos that defended the U.S. during the Cold War and a look at Ellsworth AFB. The museum has a good variety of displays and interesting aircraft.

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