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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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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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24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567
+1 605-433-5552
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a fun stop on any South Dakota trip. The museum opens at 8 AM. The actual missile silo is just down the street at exit 116. They offer a really good video, a gift shop, and many park rangers that are willing to...More

Thank Greg W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of three sites in the area related to Minuteman ballistic missiles. This one is the visitor centre at I-90 junction 131 and free to enter. FYI: There is an accessible Delta-9 launch silo at 110 (free). There is the Delta launch control...More

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are old enough to remember school drills where we dropped to the floor and crouched under our desks, this is a trip down memory lane--an often scarey one when you consider what could have happened. What would you have taken into your bomb...More

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice visitor center lots of great displays and information. The rangers were very enthusiastic . This closes at 4 and the silo (at exit 116 ) closes at 3.

Thank simpleyme
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the courtesy of the staff to all of the displays, this made for a very good visit. We were reminded about our youth and the times before our youth when the nuclear oblivion was so imminent. At least back then nut jobs like the...More

Thank papagrit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the time to exit I-90, and before you head to the Badlands, to visit this site. National Park Rangers, some of whom worked in the missile silo, are very eager to explain America’s missile defense system to you. A walk-through exhibit further enhances this...More

Thank richardg6060
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit, Located on The South Dakota Plain, This building tells the story of the Minuteman Missile and the men and women who were tasked with the intense responsibility. While we were at play, these very dedicated individuals were on constant...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting to learn about the people and place from which people were ready to go to war by staying underground and pushing a button.

Thank LovinLongWeekends
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we were kids, we took part in emergency drills for nuclear attack. The Minuteman Missiles were a part of the national defense. The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a museum about the Minuteman nuclear missiles that used to dot the landscape around nearby...More

Thank circa2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a stop. This is the visitors center, separate from the launch control facility. You can also visit one of the missile silo sites.

Thank tsheltont
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7 June 2017|
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Response from ATravelDriver | Reviewed this property |
It is a really isolated place, so I don't think there is anywhere to board your puppy, but the place is fairly small, so you might be able to have someone stay with the puppy while the other is inside
2 May 2017|
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Response from Kat654 | Reviewed this property |
So that you aren't rushing, I would allow at least 4 hours. The museum is relatively small, but packed with so much information you'll want to read, watch, and hear. We weren't able to catch the tour, but if I remember... More
Katrina W
5 March 2017|
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Response from ebcnaz | Reviewed this property |
We had the same issue. I'd call them to dbl check. They have a visitors center which we thought was worth the visit irregardless.