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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th...

The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile is an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. Minuteman Missile National Historic site consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is located immediately north of I-90, exit 131. The Launch Control Facility Delta-01 is located four miles west (tickets required for entry) and the Delta-09 missile silo is fifteen miles west of the visitor center.

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Actually three different sites

To be safe, we made our reservations for the free Delta-1 tour two days early. Delta-1 is not at the National Historic site, and the tours start on time, so plan accordingly. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To be safe, we made our reservations for the free Delta-1 tour two days early. Delta-1 is not at the National Historic site, and the tours start on time, so plan accordingly. The exit is maybe five miles away from the museum. At Delta-1, you have the opportunity to go into the command center, the central location where the guys... More 

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Marrero, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum as well as took the tour of the launch facility and drove to and old silo. The park ranger was very knowledgeable, and it was a great opportunity to see first hand how the US defended itself through the cold war. Perfect for a history buff and interesting enough for anyone.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Go ealy to get your ticket, probably around 10am you don't find anything. I got ticket around 10am, and the tour was around 1pm, so I had to spend time at badlands. The main site is at exit 127. There is another Free site at exit 116, wonderful named Delta-09 minuteman missile II silo site, check google map

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Don't arrive early; plan ahead and reserve instead! An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. After the reviewer visited, the park began a reservation and fee system for all tours. With the reservation system, all tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

We arrived about 30 min before close. The site is smaller so the kids where able to get through their ranger pin. You need to arrive before opening to get a tour and there is no pre booking. We were a little saddened as we were going to swing by on our way back to MN to try to get... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Don't arrive early; plan ahead and reserve instead! An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park began a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, all tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

It was in interesting site telling the story of the life of a service person on missile duty. The self guided tour was very interesting located a few miles away from the actual museum. Definitely a stop worth making.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Minute Man stuff was a late addition to our itinerary, so it hadn't really been planned for. The exhibit off the Badlands exit is interesting. Tickets I was told were first come, first serve and we didn't make it in time for convenient tours, so we did miss out on the bunker. Did not have time to get to the... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Don't arrive early; plan ahead instead! An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the... More 

Philip, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Plan ahead and order tour tickets online. There's a link on the park's website, no more same day tours of the launch control facility. (But no more lining up at the gate an hour before the park opens to get a ticket either!) Even without a guided tour, there's plenty to see. The exhibits are outstanding, the staff knowledgeable, and... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We visited all 3 sites, starting with the Visitor Center first thing in the morning (we were the in August when you still had to get tickets in the morning) and we toured the visitor center after getting our tickets. My son worked on his Junior Ranger badge which was great that he co do it all in the visitor... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Since the Cold War began in the 1950's U.S. Air Force crews have manned underground bunkers controlling Intercontental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). This brand-new national historic site tells the stories of the men and women who, to this day, are responsible for launching these city-killing weapons. Fortunately, none have ever been launched in anger. If you ask these crews and those... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the... More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

After reading about the limited number of spots on the tours, I arrived to the Historic Site about 90 minutes prior to opening. That was good enough to get me around 6th in line. The line slowly built until opening. There were only 1 or 2 slots left after the line had worked its way through after the doors opened.... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The fee is $6 per adults and... More 

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