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Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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. With our custom trip planner, Kansas City attractions like Arabia Steamboat Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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TripAdvisor
  • The Arabia Museum and what it represents was a great experience. The number and quality of items in this museum was incredible. A steamship sank in the Mississippi River not far from my great great gr...  more »
  • Local family treasure... Lots of reading, not interactive for young kids... They may get bored. I've been several times and live that the collection cities to grow.  more »
  • Who doesn't like to think about finding hidden treasure? The families that discovered the Steamboat Arabia in the middle of a corn field have quite a story to tell, and they do it well. The history lo...  more »
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  • My wife and I had a very positive experience here. Tickets were a fair price, and the staff was friendly and helpful. One of the people responsible for the recovery work answered questions after the short film that explained the self-funded excavation. There were thousands of recovered items from the boilers to trade beads and a thorough explanation of their use. A great experience, and family friendly.
  • This is a private Museum started by gentlemen in Kansas City who were basically adventurers looking for romantic hold Steamboat wrecks along and Missouri River. They found the Arabia with its cargo essentially completely intact. The museum is the history of the company and the finding of the boat. As a result this is the best reference collection in existence of what was being shipped to the West along the Missouri River in the late 1880s
  • A cool story of American adventure, not only with the frontier ship that sank but also the intrepid explorers whose story is frankly just as interesting. A great place for any adventurer or family to spend a couple hours. It's like walking into a Walmart of the Old West. Prepare to be amazed at the story of loss, recovery and preservation.
  • Really good exhibit. Starts with a short walk and a guide. Then you see a 20 minute movie about how it was found. At the end, there's a Q&A from a member of the families that did the discovery, digging and museum. You can feel it was a labor of love and it's outstanding it has been kept all together.
  • Fantastic experience. The tour was entertaining and educational. I wish I remembered our tour guide's name because she did a magnificent job! The exhibits were nothing short of amazing. A must-see!