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Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106-1111
Phone Number: +1 816 471 1856
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The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a history...

The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a history museum housing 200 tons of cargo from life on the American frontier in 1856.

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Museums are not usually at the top of my list to do but this one was great! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered any questions our group had. Very roomy in here and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Kimberling City, Missouri
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Kimberling City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Museums are not usually at the top of my list to do but this one was great! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered any questions our group had. Very roomy in here and not over powering! Very clean in here and did not smell like a lot of museums do! All of the artifacts were very neatly arranged, and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the museum. It is well curated as it has taken 15years? To complete all the displays. My teens actually enjoyed reading the history of the excavation. Do not eat at the museum since there are 20+ great spots nearby. Plan to spend at least 2 hours. This would be a great addition to a road trip through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was very interesting. almost too to be true! Just facinating. enjoyed the way the museum was put together and showing how they preserve these items & the history. Have always wanted to see this museum and very glad we did!

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was prepared to be bored with this outing but was surprised to find out I enjoyed it tremendously.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They found this steamboat buried in a cornfield! You read that right. It was over a half a mile from the Missouri River where it sunk in 1856. But the river moved in the next 132 years. The farmer gave them 4 months to dig it up, then he wanted to plant in the Spring. They dug out a football... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to visit the City Market and found this museum. We did a self-guided tour as we were short on time (same price as the guided tour) and enjoyed seeing the artifacts recovered and reading about the treacherous history of steamboat travel on the Missouri. There was a gentleman there walking the museum to answer any questions who was very... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been taking out of town visitors to the Arabia for many years, most recently an 18-year old last week. There is something to appeal to everyone of all ages (7+ ?) including: the story of the excavation, the displays of the ship's engines, stern, etc., the tedious restoration still being done or the huge amount of well displayed... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had heard about this place a few times, but never really wanted to go. I had some family in town and it was super hot out so walking around the market didn't seem like much fun for more then 10 minutes so I took them to the museum because it was cool in there. We listened to the presentation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In 1988 5 friends decide they are going to find a sunken steamboat along the Missouri River and actually do it! Tour guides are very informative and a family member also speaks to the group. The story and the items displayed are amazing. We had a 5 and am 8 year old and they enjoyed it as well. I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see in KC! I've been multiple times and always learn and see something new. It's a great time for friends and family of all ages.

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