The South Dakota Air and Space Museum is a part of the National Museum of the US Air Force. It is located just a short drive away from Rapid City and the motive behind its foundation was to educate and entertain the public. The various exhibits here are aimed to showcase the American journey, pay respect to the military personnel who sacrificed their lives for the country and tell the astonishing success stories of American aviation and aerospace research.
South Dakota Air And Space Museum Travel Tips
- Giftshop and galleries closed from January to February.
- Visitors from outside USA must have a passport to take the tour.
- For bus tour, passengers under 18 years should be accompanied by an adult.
- Cameras and video equipment permitted.
- Part of the tour is not handicapped accessible.
Entrance Ticket Details For South Dakota Air And Space Museum
- Museum admission is free.
Ellsworth Air Force Base Tour charges:
- Adults: 8 USD
- Children (5-12): 5 USD
- Children ages 5 and under: Free
- Groups (10 or more): 6 USD per person
- School groups( May and September): 3 USD per person
South Dakota Air And Space Museum Hours
Outdoor Airpark Only:
- 8:30 am – 4:30 pm from January 1st - March 1st
- Mid-May through Mid-September
Giftshop and gallery are closed January through February.
How to Reach South Dakota Air And Space Museum
- By renting or hiring a car/taxi.
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39.36% of people who visit Rapid City include South Dakota Air And Space Museum in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
33.33% of people start their South Dakota Air And Space Museum visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see South Dakota Air And Space Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting South Dakota Air And Space Museum
South Dakota Air And Space Museum Reviews & Ratings
Loved being able to get up close to the airplanes and seeing the memorabilia inside and outside (self guided). The bus tour onto the airbase to tour the inside of a minuteman missile silo was the best. Our tour guide was very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable on the history of the missile program. You could tell he himself lived and served his country. Thank you so much!
This place hadn't changed a bit from when I was a kid and my dad took me here. Now being the parent with my son, it's amazing to walk through and show him what my dad showed me. The planes are pretty sweet and it definitely a good place to take an afternoon.
The outside display was fantastic. Easy access on cement walkways. A little far out of Rapid City. Most stores and restaurants in area shut down. Pizza Hut nearby. Inside the museum the staff were incredible and they let me carry my small dog around the displays. The movie about the WASPS narrated by a former woman pilot was good. Reminded you how far we have come in the 21st century. Empower women! Clean building, grounds and restrooms. Great gift shop. Reasonable admission.
Free! The kids enjoyed seeing all the planes like me. Not too far from Rapid City so it is an easy things to do if your looking for something to do. The inside exhibits are informative with a lot of history about the minute missiles and the base. We didn't have time to take the tour which does cost some money. Be careful walking near some of the aircraft wheels... I got surprised by birds nesting inside.
We had a most enjoyable free admission visit to this venue. The exterior display aircraft park is most interesting and with the info placards for each piece informative. We spent about 45 minutes roaming the display park. It was really great to see a B-1, B-52, B-29, B-25 & C-47 up close in a static display. While we were there the Dakota was getting a power wash and the UH-1 Huey was being masked off in preparation for a new paint job. 😎 The gift shop is right in your path to hit either part of the indoor display areas. 😉 Thanks alot to all the staff who were most helpful and knowledgeable.