Deterring War, Preserving Peace

The Cold War was the defining historical era 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 was an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It held the power to destroy civilization, but acted as a nuclear deterrent which maintained peace and prevented war.

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Features

Ranger at Blast Door

"Top Secret" Tours Offered Year Round

Minuteman Missile offers daily tours of the Launch Control Facility, Delta-01. The tour schedule varies on a seasonal basis.

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's New Visitor Center with American flag flying

New Visitor Center

Learn about the new Minuteman Missile Visitor Center which is now open to visitors

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Key and Authenticator Safe Box Inside Launch Control Center Delta-01

Look Inside Launch Control At Delta-01

Take a look inside the underground Launch Control Center with our photo tour

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Panoramic Tour

Panoramic Tour

Go behind the Blast Door for an all access look at the park

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Partners For Peace Film

Partners For Peace Film

View the introductory film to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Read accounts from Missileers and other who worked with Minuteman Missiles

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Historic Resource Study

Historic Resource Study

Learn how and why Minuteman Missile became a National Park unit

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Historic Photos

Historic Photos

View original images of the construction construction of the Minuteman Missile field in South Dakota

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Emergency Action Messages

Emergency Action Messages

Learn how Minuteman Missiles would have been launched in the event of World War III

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