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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. 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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  • This museum is fantastic! Long story short, a steamboat, loaded with goods en route to the frontier, hit a sharp log and sank west of what is today Kansas City. A handful of locals pooled their money ...  more »
  • Did not really stay for all of it. 14 minute film too long for a museum attention span plus a long lecture total over 30 minutes  more »
  • This is a fantastic and unusual museum. The work they did is fascinating. History at its' best. Go see it  more »
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  • 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.
  • For lovers of history and those who admire the grit it takes to make stuff happen. The Steamboat Arabia sank in the mud and became a time capsule. Tools, shoes, kitchen implements and many more items were perfectly preserved. The boat's sinking and recovery has more than a little drama. A great outing for old and young, or for visitors from out of town interested in life on the frontier.
  • This is a must see. The Manor of how the thousands of items were displayed really led to our understanding of the era. It was amazing how these brothers , father and two friends , with no experience could discover the Arabia steamboat and bring it back to life. There is an active restoration lab in the museum. We even met one of the brothers who currently is working on digging up another steamship . Our tour guide, Hibberd, was extremely knowledgable. Worth every penny.
  • Absolutely phenomenal. A bit pricey but, the history and the ability to see how preserved some of the items are, more than made up for the price. We've gone a couple of times.
  • An incredible story. Awesome exhibition. An amazing collection, pain-staking restored. A top quality job by the families involved. Highly recommend a visit.