Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, North Dakota, United States
5.0 (71 reviews) Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Ranking #1 in Cooperstown Historic Sites
The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site consists of two locations, the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility (the command site) and the November-33 Launch Facility (a missile site). Constantly manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 1966 to 1997, the two sites stood as a vanguard of the American nuclear deterrent force throughout the Cold War. Opened for tours in 2009, the State Historical Society of North Dakota provides tours of Oscar-Zero and an insight into North Dakota's vital Cold War roles.
555 113 1/2 Avenue Northeast Highway 45, Cooperstown, ND 58425
Monday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday : 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Sunday, March 03, 2024, 2:57
5.0 based on (71 reviews)
5rebecca b 5:00 PM Oct 16, 2022Excellent tour
My husband and I stopped in to visit this site. You first watch a film that explains the history surrounding the site, and then go on a tour which lasted about an hour. Our tour guide was Abby, and she was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We stopped by shortly after they opened on a Saturday morning, and were lucky enough to get our own private tour. We found this to be one of the highlights on our Black Hills trip, and would highly recommend. My only regret is that we didn't stop by the gift shop counter. Be sure to stop by the November Zero site, which is just a few miles down the road, after you take the tour.
5Brandon K 5:00 PM Jul 4, 2022Excellent tour and experience off the beaten path
Ended up here while visiting where my wife grew up. Great little state historical museum/complex. You cannot tell from the road, but this is a tour not just in the visible building on the surface but in the (intentionally hidden) bunkers underneath the surface. A time capsule of the cold war. The tour was great and I would recommend getting there in time to watch the video (unless you and your party have a good working memory of the cold war and what it was like). Felt a bit weird to have facts from your childhood now considered part of "history", but the place is a shrine to the 1980's (as the last time it was updated before being decommissioned). The vaults underground are a great window into what was the cutting edge of technology but is now so behind. Someone asked about the banks of electronics and computers summarizing that now all that could fit onto a laptop. And yet, for all the electronic advancements, this was one of the places built to withstand a direct nuclear strike behind four feet of concrete, rebar, and steel plates. Prices were really reasonable for entry costs, so we spent a fair amount in getting gift shop items to help support the place being open and running. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff - to a point. They know what they have, but they are not military and do not know all of what was originally top secret information about the place. I think the kids also enjoyed it more than they may have thought they would.