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South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City

Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a small museum and done well. It is adjacent to Ellsworth AFB entrance don't miss the turn. Some displays cover things that are associated with local mission. There is a decent display and vid...  read more »
  • My kids really enjoy the place because they can find and see huge bomber such as B-1, B-29 and also B-52... And if you lucky, you can see B-1 taking off or landing from the Ellsworth air force base ne...  read more »
  • This museum is better than Wings over the Rockies. It features history throughout aviation and the military advancements throughout time. You can even see military personnel during your visit. 
  • As is to be expected from a museum on an active Air Force base, the South Dakota Air & Space Museum focuses on the history of airplanes as used in the military. There are sections honoring the various men and women from South Dakota who have served and died in service. Displays discuss the development of aircraft, the roles the Air Force played in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and other engagements since. We did not take the bus tour through the base as it was fee based (museum admission is free). The aircraft outdoors were missing any identifying signs, the museum is in the process of landscaping and adding walkways and paths. I would love to go back after everything is finished! Definitely worth the stop and the time! If you can manage, take the bus tour through the base to see the Minuteman Missile silo.
  • Great experience! An incredible amount of history built into such a small platform. Plan to spend at least two to three hours here as there is a lot to take in and explore. I love the minute men exhibit.
  • It is very interesting how they used the airplanes during the wars and the tour bus was awesome
  • A great collection of US military planes. Very interesting displays. The main museum is free.
  • Great collection of airplanes and missile history. Appears to be under some renovation as of July'16. Not huge but nice overall.
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