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The Arabia Steamboat Museum

Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: 816 471 1856
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Ranked #3 of 174 things to do in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Military museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a history museum housing 200 tons...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: History museums, Military museums, Specialty museums, Museums
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I took my daughter,whom is in grade school, to this exhibit. She was fascinated by the artifacts that were displayed, nevertheless intrigued by the history of digging up the steamboat. The tour was well worth the time and money to learn a little bit about the history of this Missouri River steamboat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is such a neat find, great story and wonderful people. So much care and time have been invested into this gem of a museum. Take a step back in time with the countless artifacts painstakingly preserved. My mind is blown by the countless tiny beads and buttons and the amazing boots and glassware. For $15 we spent about an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A 1853 Steamboat sinks in the Missouri River in September of 1856. It goes down with over 200 Tons of treasure. Well some say a 1856 Walmart. Everything from Pickles to shoes, clothing, tools, building supplies. I was fastinated with all the artifacts, well laid out displays. I highly encourage you to visit this museum.

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Belton, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The museum is an absolute marvel. Viewing items from so long ago and in such great condition is amazing. They have done an amazing job of research and it makes the past come alive. I would recommend this for the young and old. So much to see and learn.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

In 1856 the Steamboat Arabia struck a sunken tree in the Missouri River near Kansas City. The fast moving current quickly covered the boat and all of its cargo. Over time the course of the river changed and it wasn't until 1987 that the boat was discover 45 feet under a Kansas cornfield. Parts of the ship and nearly all... More 

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Paula R, Public Relations Manager at The Arabia Steamboat Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are glad you enjoyed the museum. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This museum is so interesting just because there is nothing else like it. A whole ship that gets buried on the river with everything on it and it is recoverd in tact. Very cool and interesting if you are a history buff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the exhibits and all the work that went into collecting and categorizing the artifacts. Glad I found out about the perils of navigating the Mighty Mo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've visited this place many times since it first opened. I've been to almost all the museums in Kansas City and this is my favorite. One of the most unusual museums I've ever visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Arabia Steamboat gives EVERYONE, young and old alike a snapshot back in time to view what the everyday people in the Midwest were buying at a general store. After the viewing of the short film and the exit door opens, you truly step back in time to see all the general goods that the Arabia was carrying. This exhibit... More 

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Rogers, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I found this very interesting. Plan to spend at least an hour as you must listen to a guide before going in to the museum. At first I was not all that enthusiastic about that as I like to go at my own pace when visiting museums but I am so glad this is how they introduce you to the... More 

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Paula R, Public Relations Manager at The Arabia Steamboat Museum, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your tour. We understand the desire to go at your own pace in a museum, but we also agree that the artifacts are much more interesting in context! More 

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