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The Steamboat Arabia Museum

Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: 816 471 1856
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Ranked #3 of 75 Attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This steamboat, which sank in the Missouri River in 1856, has numerous exhibits dedicated to...
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: This steamboat, which sank in the Missouri River in 1856, has numerous exhibits dedicated to frontier life.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is something else. The museum is run by folks who worked on the project, it doesn't get anymore real than that. Amazing story, incredible discovery, and all for the price of lunch. This place made a memory for life. Take the time to visit the adjacent market square, WOW.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

I wasn't expecting such an interesting and incredible attraction. We went with friends who made the suggestion, and we were truly amazed at what these selfish treasure hunters have accomplished. This is well worth the time and money. I won't say anymore, because I don't want to give away the surprise.

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KANSAS CITY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Without a doubt, Steamboat Arabia, at the City Market, is an excellent to visit. Children to seniors will enjoy this historical display of a steamboat dug up from the the Missouri River bottoms. Don't miss this while you visit KC!

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Iowa City
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130 reviews 130 reviews
81 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a worthwhile museum to visit. There is a great story to the museum that includes the history of the sunken ship as well as its discovery and excavation. The museum is full of information that is especially interesting because it is relevant to the history of Kansas City and the western U.S, around the time of the Civil... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Back story: in September 1856 a steamboat, the Arabia, loaded up with 200 tons of cargo that was destined to comprise the inventory of multiple hardware and dry goods stores in the emerging western territories in Nebraska and the Dakotas. A little upstream of Kansas City on the Missouri River, she hit a snag (submerged tree trunk) and sank, mercifully... More 

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Sewanee, Tennessee
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152 reviews 152 reviews
35 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a fascinating museum - and a great glimpse into the history of our country. My teen-aged son and I visited and we both enjoyed the museum. Think of it as a large time capsule from the mid 1800s, but filled with about 20 semi-trucks worth of everything imaginable. Moreover, the story of the family that found the ship... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Tickets were expensive and the museum was very sub-par.. The only thing that was cool to see was the giant paddle wheel which you can see for free from outside the museum.. Actually you get a better view from the outside..

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a very interesting museum which houses the largest collection of pre-civil war antiques. A steamboat holding tons of cargo sank in the Missouri River in the early 1800's. This museum houses all of that cargo which was excavated by a local restaurant owner and a refrigerator repairman and his sons. They have a 14 minute video detailing how... More 

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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

I'm not a history buff but this is great place to visit. The staff is friendly and if you're lucky you might see one of the founders there. There's a lot of interesting history. Perfume that doesn't even have a name. Leather that's still intact. A restoration lab with techs that explain how the process is done.

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Hyderabad, India
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This place is all about a steamboat which was excavated from the Missouri river. What makes this visit worthwhile is the guided tour, artifacts that are displayed and the preservation efforts. The museum is privately funded and id well maintained. The owners have definitely put in lot of efforts in building the museum and preserving the excavated items. Although not... More 

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