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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 82 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had heard about the museum but had no idea what an incredible treasure it is for Kansas City. The collection is beyond belief both in the types of items and the incredible work the Hawley's and others have done restoring these artifacts. If you're planning a trip to Kansas City, this is a must see. If you live here... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Met one of the museum founders and had a personal chat with him. This is a piece of history frozen in time. Lots of interesting artifacts displayed for most members of the family.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The wreck of the Steamboat Arabia was discovered in a farm field just south of Parkville, MO. Over the years the river changed course and left the Arabia buried deep in mud south of where the river had been. I was fascinated by all the artifacts that were preserved in that mud and are now being cleaned and put on... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The displays here were recovered by a group of men who got together and decided to excavate the wreck of the steamboat Arabia, apparently after hearing a story from a mysterious man in a bar. Regardless of how they got started, you can tell these guys and their wives and families put a lot of heart and soul into this... More 

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Missouri
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36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is an excellent display of not only early travel of the american frontier but also the struggles it took to raise the Arabia and preserve it for all to see.

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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great place to visit. Spent 4 hours there and still didn't get to read everything. Very interesting and plenty of staff to answer your questions.

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I found the history of the steamboat Arabia and the story of how the people uncovered it and salvaged the cargo to be fast sting. The museum is a glimpse into the past and variety of the collection is amazing. I would certainly recommend visiting the museum.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I went years ago, and then again this past summer. The new items they had cleaned and displayed were amazing. One of the dads of the original crew came in after the video and visited. That was really nice. My 8 year old grandson really enjoyed the museum as did his mother and me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My wife and I have lived in Kansas City and heard about the museum but did not go for a few years. WHAT A MISTAKE....this place was a real trip in history. We found it fascinating to learn about the steamboats and hardships. When one of the discoverers came out and talked to us, that was a real treat. Well... More 

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Lake Ozark, Missouri
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Steamboat Arabia Museum is a Kansas City gem. It features the contents of a steamboat that ran around and sunk just west of Kansas City on the Missouri River. It displays beautifully the everyday clothing, utensils, and supplies of those who were trying to set up a life in the American West in the 1800s. What is even more... More 

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