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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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Fascinating and colorful slice of regional history and pioneer life

This steamboat was excavated from an agricultural field where its wreck had slowly become submerged as the Missouri River changed course over many, many years. All silted up, it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Cheryl M
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This steamboat was excavated from an agricultural field where its wreck had slowly become submerged as the Missouri River changed course over many, many years. All silted up, it was a treasure-trove of artifacts from the 19th century when the wreckage was finally discovered and explored. This museum re-creates the ship itself in a very interesting way, and the diverse... More 

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Lake Lotawana, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

THis attraction has the best collection of 1800 artifacts in the world. Everything from boots, cloth, hats, tools, perfumes, locks, tools and manh more items were perfectly presurved and is on display....very interesting how the family found and excavated the steamboat

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Thank Ronald D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Located at the city market area this is a hidden treasure in my opinion. It is interesting learning about the ship and work that has gone into recovering and preserving the artifacts. It is worth going to see.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would suggest this tour anyone, but families will like this as it is entertaining, inexpensive, and doesn't take long to tour. Plus it just cool and neat to look at history. Suggest going and on nice days enjoy the River Market!

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so impressed with this museum and the story behind it. . I am amazed at all the artifacts and displays. Next time we come we will bring our granddaughter.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have brought several groups to see this antebellum treasure of trade goods for the frontier. Items range from heavy tools to fine jewelry; all of it preserved with great patience and detail. The museum is recreated as a deck scene from the original steam packet boat with the boilers intact and one paddle wheel operating. This is a treasure... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've only visited the museum once, but it's a great time capsule of the 1800's. All the physical facets of American life are on display here in the Arabia museum. They have done a wonderful job of preserving the artifacts.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits from a Missouri River steamboat that sank fully loaded a few miles upriver from Kansas City in 1856. The boat was discovered in the 1980s buried a half mile from the river. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids. There are a lot of artifacts that have been cleaned and put on display and there is continued... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent place for the whole family to visit. I could not believe all the artifacts they have been able to preserve and are still working on more.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour with entertaining guide. For sure worth 2-3 hours of your time. Very unique. Guide made it worth it otherwise would be kind of boring to just view the stuff without context. Guide is included in ticket price.

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