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. Find out how to plan Rapid City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Be prepared to be amazed at the sites on the grounds and inside the SDASM. First off, you will not believe it's free (donations are appreciated and their gift shop has a wide assortment of items) and ...  more »
  • There must be over a billion dollars worth of planes sitting around the museum. The people who run the museum are very friendly and helpful. We also took the tour onto the Air Base to go into the miss...  more »
  • Took my son here on a cold and windy South Dakota day. The static displays on the outside are the best part. Inside got to sit in the mock up cockpit of an F-15. There's lots of memorabilia, missiles,...  more »
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  • Great visit and we will return again to see more. We ended up talking to Dick, one of the guides, and he was simply amazing. What started as stopping by for an intended half an hour quick-see turned into a personally guided hour and a half that went by in five minutes. Dick's knowledge of and obvious passion for every piece in the museum was an utter joy to be part of and absolutely infectious. Thank you so much for such a great time!
  • An amazing facility for the price! ;) The exhibits are well marked to do self-guided tours, or meet one of the veterans who can tell you firsthand stories about the planes. The tour of the base is well worth it too, seeing the missile silo and how far the lid can fly. If you’re lucky you might see them running up the B-52 too!
  • Free to see unless you do the tour. Lots of history here...Great for younger kids. Good way to change things up after a long drive to the hills...
  • Great little air museum. Free admission. Bus tour is only for US citizens as it goes into military area. There is map about the planes outside. No descriptions though so you have to google details of the planes.
  • A little disappointing, but was free, so can't go wrong there. Not unhappy chose to stop. Visited in October, outside very windy (up to 50 mph) but sun was warm. Not a large facility. Must enter & exit via small gift shop so beware if you have children {: )

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