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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Address: 24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
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+1 605-433-5552
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cold War was the defining historical event of the last half of the 20th...

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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It was in interesting site telling the story of the life of a service person on missile duty. The self guided tour was very interesting located a few miles away from the actual... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived about 30 min before close. The site is smaller so the kids where able to get through their ranger pin. You need to arrive before opening to get a tour and there is no pre booking. We were a little saddened as we were going to swing by on our way back to MN to try to get... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Don't arrive early; plan ahead and reserve instead! An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park began a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, all tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was in interesting site telling the story of the life of a service person on missile duty. The self guided tour was very interesting located a few miles away from the actual museum. Definitely a stop worth making.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Minute Man stuff was a late addition to our itinerary, so it hadn't really been planned for. The exhibit off the Badlands exit is interesting. Tickets I was told were first come, first serve and we didn't make it in time for convenient tours, so we did miss out on the bunker. Did not have time to get to the... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Don't arrive early; plan ahead instead! An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the... More 

Philip, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plan ahead and order tour tickets online. There's a link on the park's website, no more same day tours of the launch control facility. (But no more lining up at the gate an hour before the park opens to get a ticket either!) Even without a guided tour, there's plenty to see. The exhibits are outstanding, the staff knowledgeable, and... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We visited all 3 sites, starting with the Visitor Center first thing in the morning (we were the in August when you still had to get tickets in the morning) and we toured the visitor center after getting our tickets. My son worked on his Junior Ranger badge which was great that he co do it all in the visitor... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Since the Cold War began in the 1950's U.S. Air Force crews have manned underground bunkers controlling Intercontental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). This brand-new national historic site tells the stories of the men and women who, to this day, are responsible for launching these city-killing weapons. Fortunately, none have ever been launched in anger. If you ask these crews and those... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

An early arrival to the visitor center is no longer necessary in order to obtain a tour ticket. Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

After reading about the limited number of spots on the tours, I arrived to the Historic Site about 90 minutes prior to opening. That was good enough to get me around 6th in line. The line slowly built until opening. There were only 1 or 2 slots left after the line had worked its way through after the doors opened.... More 

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Shortly after the reviewer visited in the fall of 2016, the park phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The fee is $6 per adults and... More 

North Oxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We visited the actual missile silo, but didn't have a chance to see the visitor center or do a guided tour. You can do a cell-phone guided audio tour of the silo site, which was very informative. Worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The museum was very informative and interesting. Make sure you schedule a bunker tour as well. You actually get to tour an actual bunker. Our tour had a retired Air Force officer who actually worked in the bunker doing the tour. His insight was really cool.

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MinutemanMissileNHS, Superintendent at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, responded to this review

Since the reviewer visited in the spring of 2016, the park has phased in a reservation and fee system. With the reservation system, tour tickets are now arranged online or by phone and not at the visitor center. All tours of the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility require advanced reservations and an amenity fee. The fee is $6 per adults and... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Fascinating, sad, creepy are words to describe the Minuteman Missile Site. Exhibits describe the missile defence system during the Cold War. Missiles were "hidden in plain sight" in farmers' fields in the Great Plains. A piece of history not to be missed.

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