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The Steamboat Arabia Museum

400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
816 471 1856
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Ranked #4 of 98 attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Steamboat Arabia Museum is in the AAA guide.  It isn't the easiest place to find, but do persevere, it's worth seeing.  The admission price may... more »
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Augusta, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed this museum! The story of the Steamboat Arabia is quite remarkable! The tour guide was very informative and we actually spent a couple of hours looking at all of the treasures recovered from the Steamboat! The museum is in a great location with lots of other things to do and see! Well worth the trip!

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Wichita, Kansas
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were in town for a work meeting for my husband. We stayed over, and went out to see some of the KC attractions the next day with another couple from his work as well. We chose this museum for our main stop the next day. I was a little taken aback by the cost to enter, but they may... More

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Cuba, MO
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The whole "Arabia" story is fascinating. I especially appreciate the fact that the entire project was privately funded. These 5 men were dedicated. The museum has 2/3 of the artifacts salvaged from the mud in the middle of a farmers field. The other 1/3 is still frozen in storage, waiting it's turn. Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Of... More

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Noble, Oklahoma
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

They did a GREAT job organizing the displays and telling the story! One of the family members who dug up the steamboat actually comes in and talks to each tour. The gift shop is gaudy, but the museum is very cool!!! Worth the $!

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Forsyth, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This tour was so interesting and informative. The tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful. The plus was one of the actual diggers, Dave, was there and answered any questions. He was also very down to earth. The good news is this museum is not, nor ever been funded, with government money. These guys did it on their own. Great... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

an Outing with the Grandkids brought us to the Steamboat Arabia Museum. Where we were take back into the past to the 1850's. The boy's and I were realy impressed with the way the tour was presented. we were first informed about where the steamboat was built in 1853. Also the dementions with twin paddlewheels, both 28 ft across. Next... More

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Harrison, Arkansas, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Very interesting museum! Well worth the visit and very informative. The tour guide, Greta was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We loved the layout of the museum and the TLC the founders took to make it a great experience. Learned so much. Unique experience

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New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A most remarkable exhibit based upon a steamboat that in 1856 hit a snag in the Missouri River, sank, was covered in mud, and not rediscovered until 1986. The story of the archaeological excavation of the wreck and the incredible "time capsule" of everything from eyeglasses to children's playthings to clothing makes for very powerful viewing. The only problem is... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Thank god I had free tickets! It was interesting, but not something I'd ever pay to see. Kansas City has much better things. This wouldn't even make my top 20 things to see in KC.

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