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The memorial/museum gives you a chance to see authentic parts of the USS South Dakota. The outside... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Douglas F
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Good piece of history

Small museum and it pays homage to the most decorated battleship in World War 2. Small but very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steven S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Honoring the most decorated battleship of World War II, this memorial is a full-size outline of the ship with artifacts from the ship positioned in it.
Sherman Park, 12 St and Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
+1 605-367-7141
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The memorial/museum gives you a chance to see authentic parts of the USS South Dakota. The outside memorial part lets you walk around the perimeter of the ship at its actual size. The guns from the battleship are original as well. Inside, there's a lot...More

Thank Douglas F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small museum and it pays homage to the most decorated battleship in World War 2. Small but very interesting to anyone who loves history!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area after a visit to the zoo and thought we’d take a quick peek. It was cool to see how massive the ship would of been, and to learn more and see the artifacts. It’s a small humble exhibit so don’t...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Stopped at the memorial for about 30 minutes. That was plenty of time to take a passing look at everything. Very well laid out, and a super nice docent available. Not super interesting for young kids. This is not an actual battleship, it's a site...More

1  Thank Laura M
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Interesting little museum. We had a couple hours to kill so stopped at this Museum. It had several side stories that brought a personal side to it. The movie had a lot of information in it. The outside being an outline of the ship with...More

1  Thank vicky f
Reviewed 21 June 2018

So, my kids who have explored the Battleship Texas were a little disappointed that there wasn't a "real" battleship to see. However, the museum is well done and the lady who was working was very nice and informative. She gave great information and history lessons!...More

1  Thank Paula W
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We arrived at about 10 minutes before the site was scheduled to close. The staff person on duty urged us to come in, stayed late and answered all of our questions about the ship. Interesting exhibits in the building about the USS South Dakota's accomplishments...More

1  Thank Barbara N
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

This memorial park is a nice tribute to the USS SD. The park itself includes a full size outline of the ship. It is a nice park to walk and explore and is adjacent to softball fields. Stay and watch a game if you get...More

1  Thank William O
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

We were passing through Sioux Falls on a family road trip and our 9 year-old son wanted to stop. He loves history and learning about WWII. We found this to be a good quick stop and they have a ton of interesting artifacts and information....More

1  Thank Michelle O
Reviewed 6 June 2018

I visited the (outside part of the) Memorial early in the morning on a Thursday. There was some traffic noise originating from the road in front of the Memorial. However, if one makes the effort to walk in and around the Memorial, the noise disappears...More

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Lucille F
29 June 2016|
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Response from Choose J | Reviewed this property |
No it is free but they accept donations
3 June 2016|
Response from Papa Penn | Reviewed this property |
Oh it is not a complete ship. It is parts of the ship reassembled to the shape of the ship. It is by no means the big complete ship, but everything there is very interesting and educationa. No steps that you have to climb... More