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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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Where to stay in Rapid City

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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  • Great staff. Depending on how deep your interest in military history goes is how long you will spend here. There are a lot of large static display planes but also a pretty good amount of inside the bu...  more »
  • Many fine aerials of earth from space, beautiful enough to be art work in your home or office though not for sale, supposedly you can download some of these images. Lots of informative displays howeve...  more »
  • Loved the aircraft exhibits outside - only wish they were labeled, maybe we missed a handout inside? Got to stand next to a B-1B and a B-52. Inside is a great museum of the history of Ellsworth Air Fo...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A ton of planes! Exhibits very locally focused, which was cool. Impressed with the museum.
  • 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.