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Arabia Steamboat Museum
Ranked #4 of 168 things to do in Kansas City
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 20, 2014

I definitely expected more. Nice movie... but for the price you pay to get it, you would expect to see a whole lot more. Not impressed

Thank Francesca M
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

The museum comes with a tour that was very informative. It really did provide a look into what life was like during the pioneer era.

Thank mackey719
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

After years of wanting to see the Steamboat Arabia I finally made it. I had seen it for some time and to be honest, it does not look like much from the outside. After finally walking into the museum downstairs and seeing what they had found from the boat, it was clear I had missed out! It was like walking into a general store or something in the 1800's. The amount of new and unused goods from that time period was amazing. The preservation of the items that they discovered is unbelievable. I have been to many museums and for some reason this was one of the most interesting that I have ever been to. The story of the Steamboat Arabia and the story of how they found and dug up the ship is so incredibly interesting. One of the other interesting things is that they are restoring items on a daily basis that have still not been put on display, and they advised us that they will still be working on restoring those items for another 10-20 years. I will definitely go back in a few years to see what else they have put on display. If you have any interest in going, I definitely recommend it- it is one of the oddest and memorable museums that you will go to.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Tickets are about twice the price of a movie -- but you get to see a movie and you hear the story of how this sunken steamboat 45 feet under a cornfield was located, excavated (and the problems doing so), items that were found, what is involved in restoring the items, etc. The displays of a portion of the items that have already been cleaned and restored were fascinating. It indeed was like glimpsing the inside of a 19th century Walmart! This is a fascinating museum for all ages -- full of wonderful finds and amazing stories.

Thank Joyce G
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Fascinating place, as they say, like walking into a dept store from 150+ years ago. The science behind the recovery is also very interesting.
We wandered in the first time, not knowing what it was, returned 2 years later to show others. The exhibit had grown in that time, they are still working at it.

Thank nursenjm
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