South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City

4.7
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A living lesson in aviation history, South Dakota Air and Space Museum houses a collection of aircraft ranging from World War II transport planes to modern supersonic bombers. Located just outside the main gate of an operational Air Force base, the museum strives to educate and entertain visitors by offering 50-minute guided bus tours of a deactivated missile silo from the Cold War. All visitors to the base must pass a security check, so be sure to bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. Admission to the museum is free; there is a charge for bus tours. Pick up a souvenir of your visit at the on-site gift shop. Find out how to plan Rapid City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • What a great day! Very cool planes and great info! Staff was amazing great group of people if you can make it a must stop  more »
  • Really enjoyed the display of aircraft outside and explanations. The exhibits inside were not as interesting. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the picnic tables outside which was nice.  more »
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  • Awesome and free activity for the whole family! My husband and our 2 year old son are obsessed with airplanes and they loved every second of it. The planes are mostly outdoors and the museum is indoors...the whole event can take 30 min to 2 hours depending on how much you read. Gift shop was reasonably priced too. We loved it, definitely a highlight of our trip!
  • This place is incredible. The displays are great. It was just amazing to me to walk under a B52. It's huge! The inside museum is pretty cool, too. They have a tour is a missile site; unfortunately we didn't have the time to take it. If you are a military aircraft buff (WWII up) it is definitely worth a trip. Did I mention free admission?
  • My adult son and I visited the museum in July of 2018. He had visited 10 years earlier. He is in the USAF and is moving from the base in Anchorage to Abilene. I wanted to see a B1-B as these bombers are in Abilene. When I looked on line it seemed there were only a few planes. Well it was out dated as there are several planes and some helicopters. The museum is also larger inside than I expected. Many people were taking the on base bus trip to see a Minute Man complex. I have been to several Air Force museums and this is one of the better ones. I grew up with a home overlooking a SAC base that went from B-36, B-58, and ended with B-52s when I moved away in 1968. This museum has a B-52 on display also. The gift shop was also well stocked with good gifts from $3 - to hundreds of dollars for professional wooded display models. So when is SD stop by to see a part of history first hand.
  • If you like airplanes even a little this is a good stop for the whole family. Very informative tour of a missile training facility. You will learn a lot of things about our nuclear arsenal that most people dont know. Displays include a B52, B29, and the extremely impressive B1B bomber. Many other smaller aircraft on display.
  • Was a great museum for airplane buffs. They do have a B 29 and also a B 1 that are outside and you can walk right up to them Plenty of exhibits in the museum and a good gift shop. Good for kids but not dog friendly.

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