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Sioux City Public Museum

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Address: 607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
Phone Number: +1 712-279-6174
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum...

Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum features large, colorful exhibits, interactive displays, and much more. Visitors will discover the "Spirit of Sioux City" through a lively 12-minute orientation film in the ornate "corn palace theatre." A variety of hands-on experiences are available including the award-winning "Innovation I-Wall" and "The Big Dig," which replicates an active fossil dig site. Highlights of the permanent gallery are rare Native American artifacts from the area; Sioux City's first "horseless buggy," a 1901 Oldsmobile; a 1930 Kari-Keen airplane manufactured in Sioux City; and a 1918 Mack fire truck similar to ones used by the Sioux City Fire Department. The two-story Disaster and Recovery Wall features multi-media presentations of three major Sioux City catastrophes: the 1904 Pelletier Department Store fire, the 1953 Floyd River Flood, and the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232. Temporary exhibits feature topics of local and regional interest.

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Interesting and educational

The Sioux City Public Museum is filled with interesting and educational displays for all ages. It's located downtown so bring change for the parking meters. However admission is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sioux City, Iowa
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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sioux City Public Museum is filled with interesting and educational displays for all ages. It's located downtown so bring change for the parking meters. However admission is a free will donation. My students especially enjoyed the disaster wall film clips and dinosaur fossil digging activity. Allow at least two hours to view all the exhibits. I highly recommend this... More 

Thank chocolateisgoodcag
Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We stumbled upon this treasure. This museum is free and full of fabulous information. Thoroughly enjoyable and if you're in the area looking for something to do, please stop. You won't be sorry!

Thank CharismaJ2
Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Have visited the Museum on numerous occasions and took the opportunity to go down and visit the two summer exhibits which were fun and educational. Images from Rolling Stone Magazine was the focus of one, with local history also and the other featured "African Wax Prints" which was outstanding.

Thank Glenda D
Westby, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We loved this museum. It took you from the first days of Sioux City to modern times. Watch the film and then walk through the interactive exhibits. We all loved it.

Thank Jean N
Western Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

New Sioux City public museum was very nice experience. We started with film of town's history, which was interesting. I was surprised that small city like Sioux City has such a good museum.

Thank JMsnow10
Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

I took my brother in law there from out of town on July 14th. Good place to visit, nice exhibits and a great history lesson.

Thank Sue M
Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a nice small museum in an older building downtown. They display local and regional artifacts in an informative manner. Easy to find, street parking plentiful.

Thank Dennis M
Lehi, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We loved this museum. Make sure you take the time to watch the intro movie. It was very entertaining and was a great way to start off the visit.

Thank Melinda C
Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

What a great museum in the heart of downtown Sioux City! The layout of the museum is great and it has good flow. There are millions of things to look at, read and be hands-on with. I thought for a smaller city, this provided a great snap-shot of their community and home from past to present.

Thank Denise S
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

I have to say that the 12 minute introductory video is one of the best I've seen for historical accuracy mixed with humor. I laughed several times and was impressed with how nice the theater itself was. We also loved the donation cow at the front that mooed when you put money in it.... a really nice touch. The museum... More 

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