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Sioux City Public Museum

Address: 607 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone Number: +1 712-279-6174
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Sioux City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum features large, colorful...
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Type: Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Fun and smart! We will definitely be back because I lost track of time and we had to scurry before we got a good look at the log cabin, teepee, and corn palaces. The mix of films, interactive displays, and artifacts is inspired.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a very nice museum. Lots of fascinating information about Sioux City. The history movie is interesting. Lots of great exhibits. Short films about historical events in the museum. Cool historical pics. Fun for kids, but informative for adults. and it's free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Sioux City Museum isn't new, but this building is new to it. Be sure to start at the short introductory film just inside the door. You'll get 15-20 minute summary of where this town came from and where it's been. There is a lot in a small space, including a road laying machine, large truck, carriage, cabin - just... More 

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Louisville, KY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I spent most of my childhood in Sioux City, but left as soon as I could for greener pastures. I invariably thought of SC as "sewer city" much like many of my friends. Coming back after 25 years and visiting the museum, I was extremely impressed by the important and pioneering events SC has represented and been involved in. Who... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a well put together, informative. I grew up in Sioux City and really loved learning about the area. I do miss the nostalgia the museum had when it was at the Jackson Mansion but loved the flow in the new place. Make sure to watch the video. They did a great job on it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

What a great museum! It's thoroughly modern with state of the art displays concerning the history of Sioux City. They also show several excellent videos, and some of the displays are hands-on. You can also play several versions of "Sioux City Sue" to your heart's content. This is a fun place, with a great, congenial staff. See it on a... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stopped here to break up a road trip, and are so glad we did! All the staff were very friendly, and the exhibits were fun for our kids! They especially enjoyed the dinosaur dig area, where they could find realistic looking fossils. The "sand" they were digging in felt like ground up tires? Very soft, not dirty. I loved... More 

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