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Wild Blue Yonder- The Story of Ellsworth AFB Exhibit

January 2, 2018 - January 7, 2018  5:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free opening reception Oct. 20 at 5 p.m! More information here.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ellsworth AFB, Wild Blue Yonder - The Story of Ellsworth AFB takes visitors on a journey through more than seven decades of air force history in the Black Hills!

Beginning as Rapid City Army Air Base in 1942, Ellsworth AFB, re-named after Brigadier General Richard Ellsworth in 1953, has had a lasting impact within Rapid City and the surrounding community.  

From the Cold War era to present day, explore the storied past of South Dakota's only military base.  Learn more about the Minute Man Missile facilities, B-1 Bombers and everything in between!

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.