Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
4.5
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating -- especially for history buffs
    The National Historic Site is on the way to the Badlands National Park and is an interesting overview of the cold war. Especially interesting if you are a history buff but others will enjoy it as well, particularly since it wasn't that long ago that we were living with the fear of the cold war. The film shouldn't be missed. Also one of the park rangers worked with the missiles and gave us a personal overview. Free to enter but check their hours so you don't get there when it is closed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A moment in history preserved
    This park does its best to showcase the historical implications of the Cold War during the 1960s and 1970s. The visitor center, exhibits, and movie present, in great detail, the background to the placement of the rockets and the subsequent decommissioning of some of them. Among the personnel at the park are former employees who discuss first-hand experiences of what it is like to be in control of these powerful bombs. After seeing the missile site, head down the interstate to visit an actual silo, where additional personnel are staffed to explain the missiles themselves.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Jon Nuxoll
    Eugene, Oregon39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan for a virtual or in-person tour; eye opening experience
    Virtual (if not physical) tour makes this a real eye-opener. Time your visit so you see one or the other, as that gives a real feel for missile technology and defense. I just did the virtual (2x daily, late morning and mid-afternoon) as in person requires 2& hour notice but I felt the virtual was powerful.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
  • karen c
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    American History
    Very interesting part of American history. At the Visitor Center, we spoke with someone who actually worked with the missile project. Recommend requesting command tickets as soon as their available (90 days before); as there are very few given each day. Even if you don't have command tickets, the Visitor Center and Missile Site are worth visiting. Recommend starting at the Visitor Center then backtrack to the missile site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Patricia B
    Buffalo, New York7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unsettling but thought provoking
    I wasn't sure I would want to stop here but glad I did. I was afraid it would be a hawkish, pro military experience but to my surprise the exhibits were thoughtful. The exhibits provide a thorough time-line of US life following the drop of the 2 atomic bombs on Japan and the start of the Cold War. It provokes important questions about the buildup of weapons and whether those were needed to maintain peace. Unsettling? Yes, but that was and is the situation in a world where nuclear weapons exist.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • AndyKansasCity
    1,305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cold War History
    Stop at the visitor’s center to learn about the Cold War and the missile silos that dotted the prairie. A few miles down the road is an old missile silo, available for viewing ( watch for cattle on the short gravel road, it’s open range territory). It’s also possible to tour the launch control facility, but reservations are required.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • HawaiiKaiGail
    Las Vegas, Nevada945 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Our Favorite Sites on Our 2 Week Trip
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This Site is definitely a 5 STAR. We didn’t purchase tickets in advance for the Silo Tour as we are both a bit claustrophobic. Not to worry! They offer a Free Virtual Tour that lasted about an hour and was very informative and enjoyable. We hit it at 1:00 the day we visited. You get to see actual pictures of the rooms and equipment that is actually there. The ranger giving the presentation really knew her stuff too, giving great info. After, tour the museum that is also excellent. Small gift shop area. Be sure to talk to Ranger Jim, who actually was a missile officer and worked in the Silo years ago. He is a wealth of knowledge and just so friendly. We then drove to see the building that one meets at to take the actual tour. It is a secured area so you can go up to the fence. Then, we drove a few more miles to see an actual silo. We spent about 2 1/2 hours total. Great Day at a Great NPS Site. 5 STARS ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Joebob747
    Neenah, Wisconsin385 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Stop
    We stopped here on the way to Rapid City. I would guess most of their visitors are either headed into or out of the Badlands since it's right across I-90 from the Badlands entrance. Great little museum. Sad the gift store was closed. If you want to do the Delta 1 silo, book early. Like 90 days out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Jim B
    Grapeview, Washington1,832 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Sobering History
    I grew up during the Cold War so was very aware of the risk of nuclear war. Visiting here, it was interesting to learn more of what happened during that time. I didn't realize how many missles were based in this part of the country, and still are. It is a worthwhile stop to learn more about this part of our history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Jen R
    Springfield, Missouri82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    This was a very interesting stop and the visitor center was really nice and provided great information. The missile silo stop was great. Our only disappointment was that getting to the missile silo in a wheelchair was very difficult. The area was not paved.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
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164sherriw
Eden Prairie, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Who knew this little visitor center could be so interesting. There is a short film and a nice walk thru exhibit about the cold war that started this missile program. I understand you can book a tour of the missile silos and control room but the ranger informed me the tour was soldout months in advance. There are 2 other sites you can stop at and see the actual silos. This location is very close to Badlands National Park so you can combine the 2 locations very easily.
Written 5 June 2024
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AngelaMB12
Hanover, PA338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My family found this visitor center and silo site so interesting. I'd personally never realized the US had all this missile locations on the ready. This was ful of history and very informative. My daughter enjoyed earning the Junior Ranger patch.
We stopped by Delta 01 silo site and enjoyed listening to the free audio tour and even seeing and hearing all the birds flying around.
Written 2 June 2024
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ramblinggirl67
Atlanta, GA1,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We visited all three associated sites - the visitor center, the Delta 09 missile site, and the Delta 01 launch facility (tours required). It made for a great afternoon. I’m not super interested in military history but I found it fascinating. If you’d like to do the launch facility tour (highly recommend!) then you need to book tickets well in advance. They go on sale 90 days ahead and there’s only 6 people per tour so they sell out. Our guide Jim was previously stationed at the facility in the 70s so he had a wealth of knowledge, and was also funny and engaging! Be sure to double check opening hours for all facilities.
Written 11 May 2024
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amberdaniels
Torrance, CA75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We paired this national park with the Badlands Park. Unfortunately, we tried to schedule a tour of the D-01 silo about 3 weeks in advance but they only allow 6 people per tour and it was already sold out. If you can get one of these tours, consider yourself very lucky! Even though we came from Rapid City and it would have made more sense to stop at the D-09 missile site first, we wanted the background knowledge first and glad we did. The visitor center has a very informational exhibit along with a 30 minute video. The exhibits show the origin of the missiles, the reason for the placement, the military and political timeline, and lastly, the decommissioning of them after a signed treaty between US and Soviet Union. After the visitor center, you can drive 15 minutes down the interstate to see the D-09 missile site. There's an audio guide on the NPS app for detailed explanations of the area that I highly recommend. The D-01 silo can only be visited by tours that are very difficult to schedule, but you can still walk up to the gate and listen to the audio guide. We spent about 1.5 hours total doing all of this but learned a lot.
Written 9 May 2024
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Jerome O
Chicago, IL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We stopped here on our way back home from the Black Hills. This was a very interesting and educational trip. We are glad we stopped here on a whim as we think it is good for our kids to learn history.
Written 19 March 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This site is a glimpse into a world that few people ever see and has much interesting information. We attended the talk given by a former worker who held the key to launch the nuclear missiles. There is a small museum, gift shop and missile sites where you can see the actual missiles. Two guys manned these sites. Each had only half of the code so one person couldn't launch a weapon. The missile sites are down the road from the visitor center.
Written 20 February 2024
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liquidpromises
76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is located just down the road from the Badlands park entrance, so you can get two parks in NP system in one day. This is a very nice exhibit covering that era and gives you a very nice prospective of such facilities that were located in this part of the country. From this point you can get info on visiting actual missile silo facilities. As with most locations in the NP system you can get a stamp here if you are collecting them in your NP passports.
Also great place to use the restroom especially before heading off into the Badlands.
Written 14 November 2023
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Jen R
Springfield, MO82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was a very interesting stop and the visitor center was really nice and provided great information. The missile silo stop was great. Our only disappointment was that getting to the missile silo in a wheelchair was very difficult. The area was not paved.
Written 12 October 2023
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Gayle W
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Due to some road construction around the site, we had a little trouble locating this for our tour. We finally found it and Jim and the other couple waiting were very gracious. A very interesting tour!
Written 12 October 2023
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ASGLondon
London, Canada228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
On the plus side, the parking was ample, the admission was free, and the facilities were well maintained.

The museum is very small with a limited number of displays. The displays were mostly posters and videos. There were a limited number of artifacts and a limited number of interactive displays.

I enjoyed the gift shop more than I enjoyed the museum.
Written 12 October 2023
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