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Contact: Eric Leonard, 605 433-5552, ext. 1238
Cactus Flat, SD – To allow for the installation of permanent exhibits, the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center will be closed to the public for four weeks beginning Monday, April 4, 2016. Following the completion of exhibit installation, the visitor center will reopen Saturday, April 30, 2016.
"Due to the work involved and the risk to the public, we will close the visitor center during the duration of installation," stated Superintendent Eric Leonard. "These exhibits are worth the wait, and will greatly improve the visitor experience by providing context to the Cold War and the nuclear arms race." The new exhibits will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the challenges and paradoxes of Cold War: the technology that made it possible; the service men and women who waged it; the citizens near and far who feared the worst, yet heeded the call for civil defense; and the statesmen at home and abroad who led the world to the brink and back.
During exhibit installation, visitor services, including Delta-01 tour tickets, will move to the National Grasslands Visitor Center, located in Wall, South Dakota. "We are pleased to partner with the Forest Service so that Delta-01 tours will be sustained during this period," stated Chief of Interpretation Joe Brehm. From April 4 through April 29, tour tickets may be obtained at the National Grasslands Visitor Center daily on a first come, first served basis. Ranger-led tours of the Delta-01 launch control facility are offered twice daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. The Delta-09 missile silo is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting;a narrated cell phone tour of the silo is available year-round using your cell phone. The visitor center's Eastern National bookstore will be unavailable during the closure.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. More information about the park can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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