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“Walmart on the Missouri River in the 1800's!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Steamboat Arabia Museum

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
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This steamboat, which sank in the Missouri River in 1856, has numerous exhibits dedicated to frontier life.
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St Louis, MO
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“Walmart on the Missouri River in the 1800's!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

You must see this to believe it! Everything a homesteader in the 1800's might need or want loaded on a steam boat and sunk. Treasure hunters turned preservationists found the wreck and turned their adventure into a stunningly fascinating museum.

Visited January 2013
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“A most interesting peek at river traffic history/”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Nowadays the majority of consumer goods travel by truck across the nation, but there was a time when steamboats gave the same service on the river. And they had many hazards to deal with as they went along the Missouri River. One of these steamboats, the Arabia, hit a log and sank. All aboard save one were saved. and this museum showcases the cargo it carried.
The Arabia was bound for towns and villages carrying dry goods and supplies for the many stores that each town had. And the museum showcases the artifacts that it carried, which were found with the ship when it was excavated from a field where many layers of mud had buried it. The story of that excavation is an amazing one, and seeing what people would have bought back then in the general stores is a history lesson in itself. This is an astounding effort by a local family in Independence that has paid off in a first-class display of early 1800 merchandise, and the story of the riverboats that carried them to far-flung cities and towns.

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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“A time capsule from another era”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

An absolutely fascinating look into the mid 1800's. Seeing everyday items that were used over 150 years ago, displayed in mint condition. This whole excavation and restoration was done by family members with no professional experience, but created an ongoing exhibit. What is on display is only a fraction of is continuously being cleaned and exhibited. Go more than once!!!

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“enjoyed so much”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is a great place to go. Very interesting. But you need to go at least once a year because they keep bringing out new items from the ship.

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“Hidden treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

What a great private museum. Fascinating contents of a steamboat that sunk on the Missouri with all its trade contents intact.

Visited December 2012
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