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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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Great for airplane fans

Took my son here on a cold and windy South Dakota day. The static displays on the outside are the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Austin, TX
Historic Blessings of EAFB!!

Had the Pleasure of visiting this amazing place with Brother In Law and nephews visiting from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sean C
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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 weeks ago

Took my son here on a cold and windy South Dakota day. The static displays on the outside are the best part. Inside got to sit in the mock up cockpit of an F-15. There's lots of memorabilia, missiles, bombs, etc on the inside. Good...More

Thank roadie50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the Pleasure of visiting this amazing place with Brother In Law and nephews visiting from Colorado. In or Outdoors the displays are eye catching historical story telling relics. U won’t have as much fun as U would at a theme Park or National Park..but...More

Thank Sean C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was impressed by the amount of local history in the museum and they have quite a few planes that are really old. The grounds are beautiful, too. Its just an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

Thank K C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best part of this museum is actually all the planes on display outside, especially the B1 and the B52.

Thank Jbshkg
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Adjacent to Ellsworth Air Force Base. No admission fee. We watched a film about Parris Island's Marine boot camp (recruit training)--whew! Many aircraft on the grounds, including DDE's presidential plane, a B-52. Good material about missile silos, Strategic Air Command, and many military conflicts.

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The display and acess to aircrafts is terrific! Inside the museum you can sit inside a cockpit, watch a variety of videos, and see wonderful Air Force artifacts. And all this is FREE! Wonderful, fun and educational experience. A must see!

Thank Lori T
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The South Dakota Air and Space Museum contains more air and space information than you will be able to absorb. There are large aircraft displayed on the outside and lots of exhibits on the inside, describing the development of air travel from its very beginning...More

Thank circa2015
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We have visited many Museums of this nature and This one ranks with the very best. It is not a large museum, however, it is extremely well laid out and provides one with a clear picture of everything. The focus on South Dakota's role in...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is worth the Drive to Box Elder/Ellsworth AFB. This Museum is amazing. It is free for a donation and the planes outside are great to see up close. There is amazing history inside. If you like Military planes and history this is a must...More

Thank lglarson
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The Air and Space museum is part of the local "landscape" and should be seen, appreciated and respected by Americans. Lots of planes (be nice if the signage would be put in place) and lots more to the story of how these planes and air...More

Thank JMAC2239
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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!
9 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
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.