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Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106-1111
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+1 816-471-1856
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great time.

Very interesting. The owner happened to be there the time we visited. Very informative. The history of the time was the best.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
sredheada45
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Garnett, Kansas
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Omaha
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With many good museum options in the city I would not suggest this as one to include. It is fine but not great and to me seemed overpriced for what it is. It is in a great area that is enjoyable to walk around and the walk is free :)

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Garnett, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very interesting. The owner happened to be there the time we visited. Very informative. The history of the time was the best.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderfully descriptive and interesting museum. The treasures and story of finding and retrieving the sunken treasure of the steamboat is worth the visit!

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Baytown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large collection of pre-civil war artifacts with an interesting story. We were looking to waste some time before a flight but found an attraction that was well worth the 2 hour visit. Also has some decent restaurants within walking distance.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best parts of this museum were the guides. There were no questions asked by our group that were left unanswered. This included an opportunity to hear from a family member involved in the excavation and preservation. He shared that another steamboat excavation project will begin next year. Their plans are to live-stream the entire process and create... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of this 19th century steamboat was truly remarkable as well as the excavation. The contents of the cargo is nothing you have ever seen before. The tour narrative will teach you allot about Kansas and Missouri during the days of steamboats on the Missouri river,The exhibits are well done You could spend an afternoon here if you take... More 

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sheer mass of items in this collection is mind boggling. So much history preserved. Nice to see how they clean everything,etc.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The family's painstaking restoration of the "treasure" is admirable and the quantity of 19th century everyday goods is astounding. Wish there was more of the boat to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum today thinking it will be at least the same as other museums we had visited.To our surprise,the place and artifacts on display were fascinating even though these were submerged below the ground since the steamboat sunk back in1856.It is like a load of Walmart items back in 1856.Definitely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fascinating, privately owned museum about three excavation of the Arabia Steamboat. The artifacts they found are so numerous it looks more like a store than a museum. And the artifacts are pristine.

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