Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

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Dedicated to the riverboat that sank in 1856, Arabia Steamboat Museum houses countless artifacts from the ship and a glimpse of life on the American frontier. The steamer was more than 52 m (171 ft) long with paddle wheels 8.5 m (28 ft) in diameter. It sank in the Missouri River loaded with more than 181 metric tons (200 tons) of cargo for general stores and homes. Examine the museum's extensive collection of items, including fine china, tools, and toys, preserved for more than 130 years in the mud until the ship's excavation in 1988. Take a guided tour for an introduction to the vessel's history and the role it played supplying the pioneer settlements of the American West. For Arabia Steamboat Museum and beyond, use our Kansas City road trip planning website to get the most from your Kansas City vacation.
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  • The story of finding this beautiful steamboat is amazing. The artifacts on display are priceless. Family Friendly. I have been here several times on my trips to KCMO, one of my favorites.  more »
  • I remember going when I was younger, but going again I’m blown away at how cool this place is. The family that found the Arabia was even there to help explain. Amazing family destination.  more »
  • My wife and I had a great visit here.The staff is friendly and helpful.Watch a 15 video before the museum to learn about all the artifacts you will see.Its incredible to hear then see the items pulled...  more »
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  • Really cool museum. The tour is very informative and thought provoking. Seeing what was able to be salavaged from a steamboat in the 1980's that sank before the Civil War is very interesting to see. They have yet to put everything out that they have excavated so the collection keeps growing. The amount of information that you can see and hear from this museum gives you a closer look as to what it took to live during the pioneer days of the United States.
  • I haven't been here yet..maybe one day. But I've heard it's awesome and the items are nice! Have a blessed day and loves you all! Asalaam ☮️ peace
  • WOW!! Absolutely amazing!! Largest wet find ever. Steamboat Arabia is a MUST see! Well worth the money for sure!! You go on a 45 min. guided tour and then watch a 15 min video. After that you will tour around the "boat" on your own. Very impressive! We were able to meet David, one of the owners/diggers, which was an even bigger plus. Every person here knows the history and they are eager to share. Go ENJOY!! Thanks to the good Lord for guiding these 5 willing families in this find!! We appreciate you all standing on Faith and bringing this beauty up.
  • A KC gem. Hard to believe the amount of artifacts they recovered and the condition it is in. Great places to eat in the River market too
  • Very interesting. And totally worth the admission fee! One of the excavation team, David, happened to be here today. So a few people got to ask great questions. Ashlee was a great tour guide. Well come back to bring my family/friends when they finish.

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