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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
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08:30 - 18:00
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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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Great museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Shakopee, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you like vintage war birds this is the place. Nice small museum with history of Ellsworth Air Force base.Nice friendly staff. Had a god time exploring.

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south dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a great stop as one is coming to or leaving the Black Hills area. The facility is just outside the gate of Ellsworth Air Force Base and is relatively easy to access from I-90. Start the exhibit outside with the great collection of historical aircraft that are easy to view and approach. Inside, there's a wonderful collection of... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We walked around the outside first wishing there were placards to tell us what we were looking at. We found out later that they haven't installed their new signs describing the planes outside but the info was available inside. Go inside first! Otherwise, nice planes, nice information inside. We easily spent about 90 minutes.

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Summerset, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went this weekend for a birthday outing. I originally wanted to go to the Minuteman Missile Site but didn't realize we needed online reservations. We decided to go here instead. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was quite a pleasant surprise! We're from Seattle and accustomed to Boeing's Museum of Flight but I thought for a smaller... More 

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Canton, MI, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is an excellent museum. This air force base was instrumental in the Berlin Airlift. The exhibit is extensive and informative. There are many exhibits about World War ll and a section about the Women Air Core.

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