Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip

#3 of 89 in Museums in South Dakota
Must see · National Park · History Museum
The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is an American national historic site established in 1999 near Wall, South Dakota to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. The site preserves the last intact Minuteman II ICBM system in the United States, in a disarmed and demilitarized status. Guided tours are available of the underground Launch Control Center, and a missile silo can be observed from above. 450 of the newer Minuteman III missiles are still on active duty at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, Minot AFB, North Dakota, and F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming.

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  • Must learn history about the cold war and lengths that were taken to avoid conflict through strength and deterrence. Hard to imagine crews in the hundreds of bunkers dotted along the northern plains....  more »
  • We had always driven by this and didn’t spend the time to see it. And then we spent a couple of minutes in there the last time we were there, and this time we took the time to soak in the history of....  more »
  • This place was a great experience and chilling to re-live the cold war through its history. Our guide was actually a Air Force Vet who captained such a minute man launch site, and was super helpful and had all the time in the world to answer our questions and show us the different controls and such. If you have time - I really recommend checking this place out!
  • The staff was super friendly. There is a Junior Ranger Stamp , & passport stamp at this location. Handicap accessible. Can watch flag ceremony. Staff has great information & stories to share. Closes early, 4 or 5 PM. There is a 20 min film , museum is small. Could see all in an hour. To see underground storage and living quarters you must make a reservation.

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