South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City

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A living lesson in aviation history, South Dakota Air and Space Museum houses a collection of aircraft ranging from World War II transport planes to modern supersonic bombers. Located just outside the main gate of an operational Air Force base, the museum strives to educate and entertain visitors by offering 50-minute guided bus tours of a deactivated missile silo from the Cold War. All visitors to the base must pass a security check, so be sure to bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. Admission to the museum is free; there is a charge for bus tours. Pick up a souvenir of your visit at the on-site gift shop. For South Dakota Air and Space Museum and beyond, use our Rapid City itinerary planner to get the most from your Rapid City vacation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We were on a recent motorcycle trip to the Black Hills and stopped to see the Air and Space Museum. The outside airplane displays are nicely landscaped. The only downside is that there is no informati...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I was expecting much more from ths museum. Having an interest in US Air Force history, I was excited when we learned the museum was just outside on Rapid City. The planes on display on the property ar...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The air craft on display were excellent. But the attending staff were knowlegable and took the time if you were interested in telling you the background and usage of each plane.We found this interesti...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    This was absolutely, without a doubt, the best attraction that I saw while in South Dakota. The museum has a phenomenal static display of military aircraft that one can walk up to, touch, and see up close. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, recommend you pay the $8 for the missile tour on Ellsworth Air Force base!!!!!!!!!! This is a must see!
  • June 22, 2017
    Great place to see some Ellsworth and aviation history. Many interesting planes on display and a frequent front row seat to planes using Ellsworth's runway. Lots of jet noise!
  • June 19, 2017
    Excellent for military aviation history buffs, only had time to see about half of what I.wanted to but will see the rest next time for sure. Good job done here over the years.
  • July 6, 2017
    A ton of planes! Exhibits very locally focused, which was cool. Impressed with the museum.
  • June 15, 2017
    Excellent collection of aircraft and aviation memorabilia. They of course don't have every craft in full scale but they offer an excellent tour and information.

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In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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