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The Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: 816 471 1856
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Description: The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a...
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a history museum housing 200 tons of cargo from life on the American frontier in 1856.
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It was a wonderful tour with interestin facts..very educational for us all. We had a man lead the tour with personal information of the findings

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Sarcoxie, Missouri
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Sarcoxie, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was a wonderful tour with interestin facts..very educational for us all. We had a man lead the tour with personal information of the findings

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The Steamboat Arabia hit a snag from a huge fallen tree (before the Missouri River was engineered for boat traffic), sank, and was covered by the "Big Muddy" waters. In the late 1900's, one family went digging to find the wreckage and see what was still there--and they ended up building one of the great sites where visitors are escorted... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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171 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

really really nice people and an interesting story. They have constantly kept moving forward with the many tens of thousands of artifacts and the historical preservation. always a member of the team that found the steamship on hand.

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Shawnee, Kansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It was really fun to hear the story of some modern day treasure hunters. The artifacts are in really good shape and the array of goods is astounding!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is an incredible step back into history and you won't believe the amazing amount of artifacts from the past contained here. The items cover a very wide range and are beautifully displayed. I highly recommend a visit here.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Our kids loved visiting this museum. The story of the steamboat recovery is incredible. The artifacts they found, cleaned and have on display are really wonderful. This was a fun family outing for us.

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Jenks, Oklahoma
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'd consider this a "must see" for anyone new to Kansas City. The museum is the creation of local adventurers who researched, located, and disinterred the preserved wares of a steamboat sunk along the Missouri River in the 1850's. Visitors first see a brief film that details the project from its beginnings to its ongoing preservation and research efforts, in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I like that it's still an ongoing archaeological recovery and they constantly update the collection.

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st joseph, mo
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

For those of us that did not know about how river boats were used and even those who do you get to see not only what the boats hauled (you get to see actual freight this boat was hauling) to how the boats were run. Go, you will enjoy it. Spotty

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

What an amazing story! Passionate amateurs turned into professional salvagers who opened this museum to houses the most amazing time capsule of riverboat life and times. This is a wonderful place to visit and discover the fascinating story of determination and history coming to light. Easily worth several hours of your time browsing the innumerable artefacts; smelling 150 year old... More 

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