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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 2013
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed this museum on several different levels. First of all, the excavation effort was amazing. This was not an attempt by amateurs. It's hard to imagine the mental and financial commitment made by the main players in the salvage operation. The number of artifacts recovered and displayed is also impressive. This was a large vessel carrying a lot of... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Fundamentally, this museum relies on a good presentation and story. That's because it is really just some interesting stuff from the 1800s. But they have good tour guides, an interesting story, a nice movie, and an engaging display. This is still a family operation -- two of the people from the movie who were involved in the excavation were on... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

So very interesting to see the history of the Arabia. Great artifacts and fantastic displays. Everything was set up so well and the narrator was great.

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Greenwood
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

So neat to see artifacts from so long ago. When I went you could ask questions after seeing a short video of the discovery. Great location, too.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the history here at this museum. Amazing that all of those items have survived and been recovered.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

One of the most interesting museums you've probably never heard of. Great exhibits and the most friendly staff in the country. Next time you're in KC treat yourself. You won't regret it.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A visit to the Arabia is traveling back in time! This is an adventure for the entire family. Take them back a 132 years and bring it to life again! Wow! An absolutely fascinating look at life and what and how people lived. The artifacts are unbelievable. Time wise, just about right to keep everyone interested.

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Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is one of the most amazing "museums" around. One of my sons worked at this attraction and thoroughly loved it. For years a family searched for a river boat that sank in the Missouri River during the 1850s. When they finally found it, the river mud nearly perfectly preserved everything on board, and it was fully loaded. To see... More

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USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very interesting and well preserved artifacts in a private collection. The cost of admission is on the high side, but its the only way to keep the collection together (in private status). As they say in the tour, its like a Walmart from the 1800s walking through. You have food, home goods, building supplies, clothes, etc. The lab shows you... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Before going to The Steamship Arabia Museum I never would have thought a steamship could provide enough interesting artifacts and history to hold anyone's attention. Boy, was I wrong! I am a fan of the more personal, detailed type of history rather than the sweeping, big-picture view. The Steamship Arabia museum provides a fascinating look into the world of steamship... More

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