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Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

#3 of 22 in Museums in Kansas City
Must see · History Museum · Specialty Museum
Dedicated to the riverboat that sank in 1856, Arabia Steamboat Museum houses countless artifacts from the ship and a glimpse of life on the American frontier. The steamer was more than 52 m (171 ft) long with paddle wheels 8.5 m (28 ft) in diameter. It sank in the Missouri River loaded with more than 181 metric tons (200 tons) of cargo for general stores and homes. Examine the museum's extensive collection of items, including fine china, tools, and toys, preserved for more than 130 years in the mud until the ship's excavation in 1988. Take a guided tour for an introduction to the vessel's history and the role it played supplying the pioneer settlements of the American West. For Arabia Steamboat Museum and beyond, use our Kansas City road trip planning website to get the most from your Kansas City vacation.
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  • We love to visit museums when traveling. The Arabia was truly an exceptional visit. This covers such an important part of American history that is seldom seen in this context. The amount of...  more »
  • Stumbled upon this place as another plan fell through and we had a free afternoon. It is a neat story. You learn not only part of the steamboat era but the challenges of finding and salvaging a wreck....  more »
  • Wonderful museum! Fascinating look into the process of the search and recovery of buried treasure. The artifacts are interesting and wonderfully preserved and displayed. Our tour guide, Nancy, was very informative and gracious to answer our questions. A family member spoke to us and answered questions also. This exhibit is ever changing because they are still cleaning and preserving the cargo.
  • Surprising find. My wife heard about this place through the grapevine. I would have likely passed it up, but I was impressed to find the quality of the museum and the extent and quality of the collection that was discovered. An amazing window into the early expansion into the Western frontier. The modern visually appealing and well maintained and staffed museum was worth admission. One of the owners was there to answer questions about his discovery as well.
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