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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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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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Great for kids!

A lot of fun and great for a family. Very kid friendly with all the activities and the dinosaur experience was great for kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Sioux City, Iowa
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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A lot of fun and great for a family. Very kid friendly with all the activities and the dinosaur experience was great for kids.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

i stopped short of five stars...because the place IS interesting and fun, however it is a bit confusing with no clear path. Most of the exhibits seemed geared to young people.....the show is great!!!

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Grand Forks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a very interesting place. A lot of good information and displays. Very clean and the gal at the information desk was very polite.

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Elora
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We loved this place. It has a nice variety of very interesting displays for all ages. The video was outstanding. Parking is all street parking by meter.

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Arlington, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great museum! I stopped in on my way through town, expecting very little. Instead, I was really surprised at the quality of the different exhibits. They have plenty of Native American displays, a bit of natural/geological history, a very informative fire fighting exhibit, and some nice artwork. Highly recommend!

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Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you want to learn about the past, this is the place to go. I would allow at least 3 or 4 hours to be able to tour the whole museum. It has some exhibits that change from time to time. There is gift shop, also, that has t-shirts and other souvenirs.

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Mount Dora, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife and I were in Sioux City for an event. I took a walk and easily found this little downtown museum. It all begins with a short movie. A must see in my opinion because it sets the tone for all that follows. I learned about the booms and busts of the area. How Sioux City was one of... More 

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Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The displays were well laid out for easy access to all exhibits. There was an eclectic assortment of memorabilia throughout the building.

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South Sioux City, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The quality and variety of displays and interactive items will keep all ages engaged and interesting. It's quite impressive.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Great museum with frequently changing exhibits. A lot of interesting regional and local history. A wonderful place to take children. Be aware some of the exhibits are non restricted so children do need to be monitored. It is large and at least one day should be set aside to see this well run museum.

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