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Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: +1 816 471 1856
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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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Second visit. Lots to see and read about.

The management keep adding new items to the museum. The preservation of the artifacts is unbelievable. Lots to look at, plan at least 2 hours, three would be better.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Emory B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The management keep adding new items to the museum. The preservation of the artifacts is unbelievable. Lots to look at, plan at least 2 hours, three would be better.

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Thank Emory B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unbelievable the size of this boat, it's like a floating Walmart! The amount of salvaged items from this steamboat will blow your mind! The hard work and time that the owner have put into restoring the artifacts and sharing all the information is astounding!

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Thank Jason G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a word: Fascinating Here's what I found fascinating: -the preservation of the goods and the boat (both underground and above ground) -the searching/treasure-hunting of/locating of the boat (the fact that the river had changed course, etc.) -the fact that a family bought the property the steamboat was buried under knowing it was there, but never successfully dug it out... More 

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Thank Lindsey K
Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is fabulous and something you have never seen before. The admission is a bit steep, but it helps preserve this history. I have been here 5 times and I keep seeing something new. It is a must see for our out-of-town guests.

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Thank DebGold324
Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were told about this little gem and went to check it out. A sunken riverboat on the Missouri that lost everything (but no human lives lost)... recovered miraculously over 100 years later and much of it salvageable. Truly amazing look into life in the mid 1800s. Basically a general store fully restored ... AND, they're still preserving and cleaning... More 

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A hidden gem, really. I was surprised at how fascinating this little museum was. You get a real appreciation for how life was like back when river boats on the Missouri were in service. Seeing all the cargo on display, and the video was really cool. My only gripe was the cost per person, I felt it was a bit... More 

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Paula R, Public Relations Manager at Arabia Steamboat Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting the museum and taking the time to provide feedback. The museum is fully self-sustaining; ticket sales fund the ongoing preservation of the Arabia's artifacts along with the search for other steamboats. We truly appreciate your support. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Steamboat Arabia is an excellent museum for local or out of town travelers to Kansas City. Located in area of town called The City Market. Museum tours are approximately 2 hours in length and tell of the steam boating history of the Missouri River. The Arabia was found and excavated in the local town of Parkville Mo. It gives a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having a family commercialize a discovery and then charge for seeing it... most of those in my experience have been oversold and generally disappointing. And I have to admit that the first 15 minutes of the tour was leading me toward that conclusion as well. The introduction and the movie were, in my opinion, rather superficial. But the breadth and... More 

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Thank Mike K
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The last visit we made to this museuam was just as much fun as the first. What is not to love about this place? Extremely well done! Exhibits were lovely. We previosuly attended the Titanic Museum and it was absolutely amazing and informative.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my two teenage nieces and they were fascinated. There is so much to see of the time - dishes, buttons, shoes, food, cargo. Such an amazing save!

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