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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

2890 Davis Dr., Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
+1 605-385-5189
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Free Museum!

The museum has wonderful things and for this the USAF should be congratulated. Two suggestions: a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Solon, Iowa
via mobile
Neat place

We enjoyed walking through and seeing all the neat items in the museum. Lots of planes setting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Paden, Oklahoma
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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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Hours Today: 08:30 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2890 Davis Dr., Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
+1 605-385-5189
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum has wonderful things and for this the USAF should be congratulated. Two suggestions: a more instructive handout for the planes outside telling what their missions were. Unless you have been in the USAF you don't know one plane from another. Secondly couldn't the...More

1  Thank Maupin
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed walking through and seeing all the neat items in the museum. Lots of planes setting outside for you to walk around and look at. Museum is free and has a donation box for you to help them out.

Thank kbruce742016
Reviewed 3 days ago

As a USAF vet with three sons who have served, two active, I have seen my share of Air and Space museums. All are interesting but this one was impressive. We figured a half hour would be sufficient. We were wrong. We stayed the better...More

Thank lyonj
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved this place. The planes are very cool to see. While walking outside, we got to see planes from Ellsworth taking off, landing, and practicing drills...that was cool!

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great surprise! Great museum with lots of aircraft to see. But the best reason to visit is the missile silo tour on Ellsworth AFB. The docent is very nice and very experienced. We went on the first tour at 9am on a Sunday...More

Thank Michael Shane P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here on our last day in South Dakota while waiting for our early evening flight home. The planes outside are interesting to look at (you cannot get inside them). The museum inside has a variety of exhibits (memorabilia, videos, interviews with veterans, maps,...More

Thank SLPlovesPE42
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are a lot of planes outside, but as far as we could tell, you are not allowed into any of them, which would have made it a lot better. There are a few interesting exhibits inside - too me the highlights were a video...More

Thank burghughes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 building type stuff as well as guided bus...More

Thank MichaelW1969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 however my favorite was listening to video of the first woman...More

Thank Natalie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Force Base and US military aviation. The...More

Thank dbarms
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are dogs on leashes allowed to walk around the outside portion?
24 April 2017|
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Response from S-D-Air-Spce-Museum | Property representative |
Yes they sure are! Leashed dogs can freely walk around the outside exhibits. We just ask that you clean up after your pet as you tour the museum. Thanks for asking!
Looks really interesting. We were just in Lithuania and toured a Soviet missile silo so we'd love to see how a US installation compares. Is the museum open in late May? Thank you!
8 February 2017|
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Response from SDAirandSpaceMuseum | Property representative |
The museum should be open in late May from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, 7 days a week. The museum does offer a tour of a Minuteman II trainer missile silo on Ellsworth AFB, but some restrictions apply due to the REAL ID act... More
Peter R
We will be in Rapid City in early October (5th- 8th) and this sounds interesting. Is there any changes to note for the fall season?
22 September 2015|
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Response from Hailey F | Reviewed this property |
Bus tours ended the 18th of September and the museum's hours changed back to their winter hours of 8.30 - 4.30.