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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

21280 SD Hwy 240 , Philip, SD, Philip, South Dakota 57567 USA

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Opens Mon 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“nuclear missile launch control center!”

The Cold War—an event lasting almost 50 years in human history that caused fear, panic, and distrust during the time of nuclear weapons development in the United States and Soviet Union. Minuteman missiles held the power to destroy civilization, but this destructive force also acted as a nuclear deterrent which maintained peace and prevented war.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was established in 1999 to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War, the arms race, and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. This National Historic Site preserves the last remaining Minuteman II ICBM system in the United States. (450 of the newer Minuteman III missiles are still on active duty, at Malmstrom AFB, MT, Minot AFB, ND and F. E. Warren AFB, WY.) Minuteman Missile offers daily tours. Tour schedule varies on a seasonal basis.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is the only unit of the National Park Service devoted to Cold War history! The site's visitor contact station is the starting point for all ranger-guided tours of Delta-01, a Cold War-era Launch Control Facility which controlled the operation of ten Minuteman II nuclear missiles for almost 30 years. The contact station also includes exhibits and artifacts, as well as a brief orientation video that places the Minuteman missile system in the historic context of the Cold War. The visitor contact station is located south of I-90, off Exit 131 and shares a parking lot with the adjacent Conoco gas station.

Ranger-guided tours of Delta-01 are available year-round. Tickets are free, and are issued at the contact station on a first come, first served basis. Each tour is limited to six people due to the size of the elevator. Tours are conducted throughout the day and last 30 minutes and include an above ground tour of the Launch Control Facility, as well as a trip 31 feet underground to the Launch Control Center!

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Reviewed by
sarah.l.mccullough

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 28, 2014

Tickets went fast. It was interesting but disappointed not to get tickets we got there at 9:45 and they were gone.

2 people found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,165 Reviews
  • 593 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great tour. The visitor center is small but very informative. There's also gas right next to it. I'd recommend taking the paid guided tour through the control center. It really is the best way to experience the site. The tours are by appointment, so prepare to allow a bit of extra time.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pjnavarre

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

Awesome tour! This is a must if you have any interest in the Cold War. The tour is free, but they have limited tickets, and the groups sizes are limited to about 5 people. Get there early, they open at 8:00 AM. Also be sure to check out the self guided tour of the actual missile site, it's very, very cool!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dwagner818

  • 18 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

Tour was interesting, worth the visit. Get to visitor center here early. I was at 7:30 AM and there was already a good 35 people in line. Drive to location. And drive to missile site (no ticket needed for that) can use phone for audio tour.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cvaughn

  • 7 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

Pretty interesting. Go early for tickets!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Adam Shickley

  • 67 Reviews
  • 34 Helpful
July 14, 2014
Rated 3.0

Go early for tickets. I only got to go to the visitors center.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wizmoisa

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 4, 2014

Be sure to arrive early in the morning, the number of tickets is limited and the distribution begin at 8am

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SarahCarlinAmes

  • 32 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great and chilling reminder of the Cold War. We were too late to go look down the silo (closes at three), but really enjoyed the small museum.

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Reviewed by
brandangelak

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 3, 2016

The little museum was interesting, but needed some love. We didn't do the tour of the launch control, but did drive out to the delta-09 silo and did the audio tour. The tour was fine, but not that interesting and it took a while to listen to all of it. On a 95-degree day, the kids lost interest pretty fast!

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Reviewed by
BillyMalady

  • 25 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 7, 2016
Rated 2.0

Get there when opens to get your tickets and spot. The day fills up fast. We got there an hour after opening and could not get a tour.

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

21280 SD Hwy 240 , Philip, SD
Philip, South Dakota
57567 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms

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