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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile is an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is located immediately north of I-90, exit 131. The Launch Control Facility Delta-01 is located four miles west (tickets required for entry) and the Delta-09 missile silo is fifteen miles west of the visitor center.
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24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First, note there are three different parts to the site - the Launch Control Center, the actual silo, and the museum - they aren't far from each other but they are not collocated. We stopped at all three - did not do the tour of...More

1  Thank Planegator
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a three area National Park Service Historic Site in South Dakota that illustrates a frightening period of time in the history of the United States—the Cold War and the nuclear mutually assured destruction philosophy that existed during that time. There are three separate...More

1  Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 5 days ago

First, don't be deceived by the address. It's actually south of Philip. It, along with its other sites (Delta-01 and Delta-09), are along Interstate-90. You can see them all from the highway because nothing else is around. This is a very small museum, which I...More

Thank BeccaLane117
MinutemanMissileNHS, Manager at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

In a rural area, vehicle navigation systems and GPS units may provide inaccurate information—sending drivers the wrong way on one-way roads, leading them to dead ends in remote areas, or sending them on roads which are impassable. Park staff strongly recommend that visitors use the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited in July 2017 randomly while driving to Rapid City SD and followed the roadway signs to a dirt road and eventually fenced in area with very little activity BUT there was an onsite Park Ranger (former Air Force Missile commander) to answer questions...More

Thank Brien J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was really a treat. Although we are of the age that we lived through all these events we forget how tense it was and what transpired. The site has s few videos and explains about the missiles and those that worked at the site....More

1  Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very informative center. Nice facility, great people. Learned how close we came to nuclear attack on several occasions due to errors/malfunctions. So scary! Glad we took the time to stop and learn.

Thank PatCincinnati
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in on our way to Badlands National Park. While we couldn't take the tour because you need to prebook it, we were lucky enough to meet Ranger Jim Boensch, who had been a crew commander with the Minuteman program. He was so informative...More

Thank Fred and Terry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This along with a tour of the control center is a great look at the cold war and how close we were/are to Armageddon. This is a nice break from a drive or from the national park.

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew a missile silo from the Cold War was a mere couple hundred yards off of an interstate exit?! The visitor center here is full of propaganda from both sides, US and USSR. You can walk around the outside/surface of a now defunct silo...More

1  Thank Joe J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as a baby boomer, i remember well the missle crisis of the 1960s. visiting the minuteman site was a good reminder of those days and would be a good place for a family stop intersted in teaching their kids about that period in our history.

1  Thank matt c
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6 June 2017|
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Response from ATravelDriver | Reviewed this property |
It is a really isolated place, so I don't think there is anywhere to board your puppy, but the place is fairly small, so you might be able to have someone stay with the puppy while the other is inside
2 May 2017|
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Response from Kat654 | Reviewed this property |
So that you aren't rushing, I would allow at least 4 hours. The museum is relatively small, but packed with so much information you'll want to read, watch, and hear. We weren't able to catch the tour, but if I remember... More
Katrina W
5 March 2017|
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Response from ebcnaz | Reviewed this property |
We had the same issue. I'd call them to dbl check. They have a visitors center which we thought was worth the visit irregardless.