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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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A must see!

The history and the beauty these planes display is beyond amazing. The parking is free and once you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alejandro M
great to see

lots to see in the museum. The bus tour sucks though if you are not a USA citizen you are not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Texas M
McKerrow, Canada
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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

The history and the beauty these planes display is beyond amazing. The parking is free and once you park you are immediately overwhelmed with beauty. The inside has a great museum and gift shop. Come with some dollars so you can donate to this wonderful...More

Thank Alejandro M
Reviewed 4 days ago

lots to see in the museum. The bus tour sucks though if you are not a USA citizen you are not allowed on it. I did enjoy all I saw.

Thank Texas M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came here to visit before leaving South Dakota. This museum is right outside the gates to Ellsworth afb so it's available to all people to visit. You don't need military id or common access card to get in. Lots of planes on display with an...More

Thank josephhS1183YJ
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our visit here was a great experience. The guided tours are about 45 minutes by mini-bus and you see a great deal. You need a photo ID (children just need a different form) and you cannot carry anything on the guided tour - no purses/no...More

Thank JMSArchbald
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a recent motorcycle trip to the Black Hills and stopped to see the Air and Space Museum. The outside airplane displays are nicely landscaped. The only downside is that there is no information displayed about the planes. The interior displays are free...More

Thank as3dgfad6
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting much more from ths museum. Having an interest in US Air Force history, I was excited when we learned the museum was just outside on Rapid City. The planes on display on the property are interesting and contain a good variety of...More

Thank WGK_traveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

The air craft on display were excellent. But the attending staff were knowlegable and took the time if you were interested in telling you the background and usage of each plane.We found this interesting and enjoyable.

Thank DaSarge
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun aviation museum located at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Plenty of aircraft outside the hangar plus many more inside along with interesting historical displays. Museum admission is free. Definitely take the $9 guided tour of the AFB. The driver describes the buildings and ends up...More

Thank djpick
Reviewed 1 week ago

As an aficionado of aviation museums (seen Naval, SAC, USAF, Air-n-Space, Duxford) I can tell you this place punches WAY above its weight! Fantastic and unique static displays (swept B-1! a Genie atomic air-to-air missile, a B-1 engine). If you are at all interested in...More

Thank Planegator
Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught the last 4pm tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base to see a ICBM Missile Silo, which was a step back in time for many on the small group tour. Our tour guide was cheerful, knowedgable and answered all questions although he must take...More

Thank bryonia2015
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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
23 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.