Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City: Hours, Address, Arabia Steamboat Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Arabia Steamboat Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Our tour is now self-guided to assist with social distancing and face masks are required by order of the health department. You'll want to plan about 90 minutes for a visit.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Holbrook17 contributions
This tour was fascinating!
Jun 2021
This tour was fascinating! We found it well worth our time. We were impressed that someone from the founding families are always there to speak and answer questions! Very well done!
Written June 6, 2021
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Courtney W.
Lincoln, NE3 contributions
Very unique experience!
May 2021
This was the second time I've been to the Steamboat Arabia Museum and it never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort they put into this exhibit! It is definitely worth visiting; you won't be disappointed.
Written May 31, 2021
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purplehotgirl
Pewaukee, WI561 contributions
Most definitely interesting and a must see!
May 2021 • Family
Walking in and seeing the big wheel and smelling the must I was a bit hesitant….They had me from the first video! Very interesting and if you love history make sure you visit! The collection is amazing and you can even talk to A restorationist while she’s doing her job. One of the owners was also walking around but we weren’t fortunate enough to get to chat with him. We’ve hit three or four museums in two days and that was our favorite so far! (Be sure to ask for your AAA discount)
Written May 31, 2021
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DianaNamsAllen
Mustang, OK18 contributions
Educational!
May 2021 • Friends
Who would have thought that the remains of a steamship that floated along the Missouri River would be found in a Kansas cornfield, but it was! The highlight of our tour was speaking to one of the Hawleys, who participated in the dig. He added so much and we really enjoyed asking him questions. A good stop if you’re in the KC area.
Written May 31, 2021
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Gene R
2 contributions
A great store
May 2021
A great store about a group of men and women that catch a dream and spend much more money and time to complete. You still can meet family members that were involved in this dream. They have great stories and love to share.
Written May 25, 2021
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Linda R
Lake Havasu City, AZ59 contributions
An amazing story and outstanding collection!
May 2021
The museum is very well done, detailing the story of the Arabia Steamboat, which hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank in 1856 and was salvaged in 1988. The Arabia's cargo was preserved instead of sold, and presents quite a display at the museum. A definitely must-see!
Written May 24, 2021
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Scharven
O'Fallon, IL151 contributions
Great visit
May 2021
No problems - not busy right now, great location at the Farmer's Market. The visit was great and was pleasantly surprised.
Written May 18, 2021
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travelfamilyfun5
Ogden, UT20 contributions
So much to look at.
May 2021
Pleasantly surprised by the number of objects to look at in this museum. And the videos showing the history and collection process were fascinating. They were even restoring items at a desk while we were there. Staff was excited to tell you about the find, history and what it's like to open the crates and barrels. They still have more to sort through!
Written May 4, 2021
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steps traveled
Joplin, MO38 contributions
Best attraction in Kansas City!
May 2021 • Couples
Blows all other museums away in Kansas city area. Enjoyed the movie, meeting the actual people that embarked on such an undertaking. Great to see all the perfectly preserved items of the 1800's, as if they were made yesterday! A must see.
Written May 1, 2021
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LisaF
Columbia, MO39 contributions
Treasures of the Arabia
Apr 2021
We've known about the Arabia since the 90s when our daughters' school took field trips to the museum. We now take our grandchildren (ages 7 and 12) here so they can learn about Missouri history. It boasts of the most extensive pre-Civil War collection of artifacts in the nation and it's not hard to see why. Numerous floor to ceiling display cases showcase the treasures found on the steamboat that was headed up the Missouri River to supply the frontier settlers. It is truly an astounding piece of history and the labor of love that is going into preserving these artifacts is remarkable. It's a must see for everyone interested in the history of the United States. Please note, there is no flash photography allowed.
Written April 17, 2021
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Arabia Steamboat Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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