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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: 2890 Davis Dr., Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
Phone Number:
+1 605-385-5189
Today
08:30 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South...

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!

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Little snowy but interesting

Visited in January, and the buildings are closed. Paths around the planes are not really cleared so be prepared, however it was nice to have the whole place to yourself.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited in January, and the buildings are closed. Paths around the planes are not really cleared so be prepared, however it was nice to have the whole place to yourself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

My father spent 20 years in the USAF with the last 8 years stationed at Ellsworth AFB. My brother and I recently took a tour of the Air & Space Museum, which allowed us to see many of the planes that flown by our father. It gave us great pride to know our father had a veteran during the Korean... More 

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Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Came here with my family to see an airplane that my grandfather had helped to restore. Staff was very friendly and the museum is free. Lots of interesting exhibits and great for all ages.

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Devils Tower, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Although I do pass through Rapid City, SD with some frequency, I had Never stopped here. With an afternoon to do as I Wished, I took the Opportunity. I Wish that I had stopped in Sooner!!! Access is easy, right off of I-90. The Entire Experience is Free of Charge, and it is Certainly a FAMILY APPROVED ACTIVITY, for All... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

What a treat..it's free and fun. The interactive displays kept the children's attention we were able to check out the exhibits. Well worth the stop!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is a really great museum. They have a great array of planes including a B-52 and a B-1 outside of the museum. Inside the museum, they have some really nice exhibits that include uniforms, military memorabilia, and stories about military aviation. If you have a couple of hours to spend, this museum is well worth your time.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This is a fantastic little museum with many fantastic displays. Walking under and around the aircraft that surround the museum is my favorite part. Not many places that you get to stand underneath a B-1. And the fact that it is free, just makes it better.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Incredible history with access to planes, equipment and an optional tour of Ellsworth AFB! Some aircraft is displayed outdoors and there is more in the hangars! Creative displays allow you to "feel" the action as you read the well described collections. Can also go into an actual missile site - our defense against the USSR during the cold war. Everything... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Go inside the museum to get a map explaining the planes outside and which war they were used in. There are a few sections within the museum which are well laid out and informative. No one in our family is overly into planes, but the kids loved the flight simulator, hand-on exhibits and cutaways. The walking surface is flat and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

First tip...start inside. They'll give you a pamphlet naming all the planes outside. The museum inside gives a bit of history on many aviation related topics such as the moon landing, stratosphere balloons, women pilots, Charles Lindburgh, pictures of planes flying by Mt. Rushmore, and also about things like the Berlin Wall, Korean War, remote control bomb disposal robot, some... More 

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