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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 100 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I used to work at this museum. On two occasions I was a tour guide. I loved it. My feet didn't. But the story and the artifacts are so worth the price of admission. Each time you go you may see something new just because there's so much to see or because another artifact has been placed on display. Unlike... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

What an expansive and thoughtful display the Steamboat Arabia gives us... You'll leave with a different appreciation of what pioneers and others on the frontier were acquiring and trading and what their aspirations were. The story of the recovery is also spellbinding and family members are often still available for speaking with after the movie showings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This museum was so fascinating I had to purchase the book to take back home to Australia so I could read all about the Hawley's experience in their discovery and subsequent decision to open a museum to show all the treasures that were found. What an amazing display of the past.

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Sturgis, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We LOVED this museum! The story of finding and uncovering a steamboat and its' cargo lost in the mid 1800s was a treasure hunter and historian's dream. The family has done a great job of displaying the artifacts and they present a film documenting the project. THIS IS A MUST SEE!! The museum shows implements and supplies needed by settlers... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Wow, this museum is stuffed to the seams with recovered artifacts from the White Arabia Steamboat sunk in the Missouri river in the 1850s and found buried deep in a Kansas Farm field. The museum displays artifacts needed to expand the western frontier, all recovered from the steamship. It is amazing the condition of these items, everything from Chinese Silk,... More

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Lumby, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I recently visited the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City, MO earlier this month. I was initially reluctant as I thought this might be a tacky museum and a bit of a hoax after reading a bit about the Arabia. The steamboat Arabia sunk in the Missouri River after hitting a submerged log in the mid-1850's. The boat was discovered... More

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Des Moines, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We thought the entry fee was a little steep for a small museum but it was something unique and felt it was going to a good cause. They have over half of the artifacts that are still not on display due to being preserved and turned back to their natural state. Not saying that there isn't plenty to look at!... More

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place to learn about the early steamboat travelers and their hardships on the river. Historical remnants of one of those lost to the river are all thru the museum. Tour was great.

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Omaha NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

They may have been the closest thing Kansas City had to Indiana Jones…if you remove all the snake business, outrunning natives with poison darts and defeating enemy armies. Five men from the Metro area caught the treasure hunter bug. Instead of gold or silver doubloons, they sought an old steamboat that floated on the Missouri River in the 1800s. The... More

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Oklahoma City, OK
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It is easy to tell this museum is a labor of love. The families that uncovered the wreck and decided to create this museum are dedicated to the recovery and displays. The museum has a huge number of items recovered from the wreck, although there are many repeat items - lots of shoes, tools, flatware, nails and all sorts of... More

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