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Sioux City Public Museum

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Address: 607 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone Number: +1 712-279-6174
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum...
Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum features large, colorful exhibits, interactive displays, and much more. Visitors will discover the "Spirit of Sioux City" through a lively 12-minute orientation film in the ornate "corn palace theatre." A variety of hands-on experiences are available including the award-winning "Innovation I-Wall" and "The Big Dig," which replicates an active fossil dig site. Highlights of the permanent gallery are rare Native American artifacts from the area; Sioux City's first "horseless buggy," a 1901 Oldsmobile; a 1930 Kari-Keen airplane manufactured in Sioux City; and a 1918 Mack fire truck similar to ones used by the Sioux City Fire Department. The two-story Disaster and Recovery Wall features multi-media presentations of three major Sioux City catastrophes: the 1904 Pelletier Department Store fire, the 1953 Floyd River Flood, and the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232. Temporary exhibits feature topics of local and regional interest.
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Terrific place!

We always take out of town guests here. It is a interesting and fun place to go. Check it out and then go to the Art Center.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We always take out of town guests here. It is a interesting and fun place to go. Check it out and then go to the Art Center.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
62 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

No, it is not the Smithsonian, but all cities are entitled to have a museum and Sioux City's museum is very nicely put together. It is well set up and offers a lot to see and read. It is obviously more interesting to those from or living in the city itself, and is especially nice for kids. Younger kids enjoy... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

They have many hands on exhibits which my kids loved and in heart of downtown.the gateway computer and flight 232 were best

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I stopped in because this was top of the list for Sioux City. It was a very neat building for such a small city! Very well designed building, the exhibits were fun. Would recommend more for kids than adults.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

What Amazing History! This is a top of the line facility with interactive exhibits and great historical information! Fossil dig for the kids, historical displays and collections for adults, you could spend hours learning about the rich history of Sioux City. Stop and see the movie and pick up a souvenir in the museum gift shop. in town for a... More 

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South Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a well-designed, interactive museum. The exhibits are excellent and informative. The visit begins with an (optional) film that is fun and worth the time. While local history museums can be somewhat drab, this one is not.

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Evanston, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went to the Sioux City Public Museum when I visited Sioux City for the first time in January. Right off the bat, the staff were very friendly to my friend and I, including the first person to greet me, who turned out to have been from a town north of where I live; she and I had a very pleasant... More 

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81 reviews 81 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I am from Sioux City, but moved away in 1988. This was a fun visit for me. You do it at your own pace. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Admission is free and there is parking really close. Bring change for the parking meter.

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San Diego, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This little museum is a great overview of Sioux City history. Photos and exhibits bring the history to life.

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minn
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

lots of info about the area good amount of stuff to check out. Children would enjoy the museum and they do have staff tour also.

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