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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Free and most interesting for plane enthusiasts

We spent about an hour here. There are plenty of planes outside, of different sizes and uses... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Redditch, United Kingdom
Awesome time with kids

What a great day! Very cool planes and great info! Staff was amazing great group of people if you... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Rapid City, South Dakota
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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...more
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2890 Davis Dr., Bldg#5208, Rapid City, SD 57706
+1 605-385-5189
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent about an hour here. There are plenty of planes outside, of different sizes and uses, mainly military, as well as some rockets. Inside are mainly exhibits. We thought it more ‘air’ than ‘space’ but that’s not a big criticism. It was certainly an...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

What a great day! Very cool planes and great info! Staff was amazing great group of people if you can make it a must stop

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank askforjrruff
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We were a little disappointed with the amount on display. Considering Ellsworth is a B-1 base we thought there would be more B-1 information. Otherwise this is a typical air base museum. I did sit in cockpit of F-106 and almost fell when I climbed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Really enjoyed the display of aircraft outside and explanations. The exhibits inside were not as interesting. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the picnic tables outside which was nice.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Collection of planes outside and two rooms of exhibits inside. It was okay, but not as good as several other aviation museums I've been to. I'm REALLY into them, but I was bored here. There wasn't even anything in the gift shop that interested me....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 596Smokey
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Thanks to all the good reviews my wife and I went to this museum and were more than impressed. By chance they had a film on an Army Air Corps Bomber Group that my wife's uncle had been in during WWII. If you have time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joe H
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Cold, windy day so needed something to do indoors and decided on the Air and Space Museum. Good way to spend an afternoon.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gary M
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The SD Air and Space Museum has a surprisingly good collection of planes parked outside, including a B1B bomber and B-52 (both super impressive). The exhibits inside are relatively lame and the text is all far too small to read easily, but the 30 planes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Raintree_Thailand
Reviewed October 13, 2018

rainy day, did this at the last minute - glad we did, lots of videos, 60s era of vietnam made during that time - interesting prospective.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank James D
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

This place is chocked full of interesting aviation history. Our tour guide had great stories, which helped provide context. The attraction is free. I enjoyed this more than several of the other pay attractions.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 992chadb
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Response from D1559UXmichellem | Reviewed this property |
Yes you must go down a set of stairs to the actual missile.
April 25, 2018|
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Response from tonyespin | Reviewed this property |
About a good hour to see everything and get a good idea of the history of our country you.ll be amazed god bless
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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!