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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you can’t remember the nasty days of the Cold War, or if you forget that nuclear weapons are still in play, this new historic center brings it all to life. The center explains the deployment of nuclear weapons, clearly explaining their destructive power. Most...More

Thank CheeseConey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time in the new building. There was a water main break so most of the exhibit was closed to dry out. Great new facility. We’ll be back!

Thank Al H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a gem to visit that probably most people know know about. It's right off the interstate and at the same exit if you are going to The Badlands. Don't underestimate this place because it is so worthwhile to visit. It is a well...More

Thank HootieToo
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The visitor center and the actual Delta-09 missile site are no fee facilities. The tour of the launch control facility has a fee for a pre-scheduled tour. At the Delta-09 missile silo are you can look down into the silo to see the missile. A...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 25 October 2017

The exhibits at the visitor center brought history to life! The nuclear weapons history and how these nuclear capable rockets defended our nation during the most tense moments. Incredible how close we came to nuclear war on several occasions. The museum did an excellent job...More

Thank viperflt
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We visited the Minute Man Missile Site during the third week of August. The site is in 2 locations a few miles apart from each other. There is no charge to visit both areas. In one area is a de-activated missile silo with the missile...More

Thank TheSimpleTraveler
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This is a fun stop on any South Dakota trip. The museum opens at 8 AM. The actual missile silo is just down the street at exit 116. They offer a really good video, a gift shop, and many park rangers that are willing to...More

Thank Greg W
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is one of three sites in the area related to Minuteman ballistic missiles. This one is the visitor centre at I-90 junction 131 and free to enter. FYI: There is an accessible Delta-9 launch silo at 110 (free). There is the Delta launch control...More

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 13 October 2017

If you are old enough to remember school drills where we dropped to the floor and crouched under our desks, this is a trip down memory lane--an often scarey one when you consider what could have happened. What would you have taken into your bomb...More

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is a very nice visitor center lots of great displays and information. The rangers were very enthusiastic . This closes at 4 and the silo (at exit 116 ) closes at 3.

Thank simpleyme
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Response from ATravelDriver | Reviewed this property |
It is a really isolated place, so I don't think there is anywhere to board your puppy, but the place is fairly small, so you might be able to have someone stay with the puppy while the other is inside
2 May 2017|
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Response from Kat654 | Reviewed this property |
So that you aren't rushing, I would allow at least 4 hours. The museum is relatively small, but packed with so much information you'll want to read, watch, and hear. We weren't able to catch the tour, but if I remember... More
Katrina W
5 March 2017|
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Response from ebcnaz | Reviewed this property |
We had the same issue. I'd call them to dbl check. They have a visitors center which we thought was worth the visit irregardless.