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Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • This is my second time here having visited before about seven years ago. Still as interesting with even more incredible unearthed items on display. 
  • Our destination was the museum, we really enjoyed the experience and the quantity + quality of the artifacts is tremendous, fascinating history... The snapshot of that time is impressive... The river ...  read more »
  • We went back for a second visit with family and enjoyed it just as much as the first time a few years ago. One of the family members who found the wreckt talked to the group after the video and that w...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Surprisingly interesting museum. I had low expectations since the gift shop was a bit hokey, but the museum is really worth your while to visit. Fascinating. Something for everyone to enjoy.
  • This museum was a great snapshot into the lives and history of the people up the river. The excavation video and process was fascinating, and the exhibits were well put together and thought provoking. The kids with our group seemed to enjoy it as well.
  • My husband and I weren't necessarily planning to go to this museum, but we are so glad we did. Our tour guide, Nancy, was outstanding, and the story of the Steamboat Arabia is fascinating. The amount of "stuff" that was unearthed is incredible! I say "stuff" because there is no one category to accurately capture everything: dishes, clothing and shoes, tools, hardware, even food items. This museum is definitely worth your time and may turn you into a modern-day treasure hunter.
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