Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

4.7
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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  • A unique historical museum with Americana on display. If you stop in, take the time to let your mind wander back to another time and place to immerse yourself in travel 100 years ago. The...  more »
  • The Steamboat Arabia Museum is like no other museum. As you walk through and take in the artifacts, you feel as if you get to know the people who were waiting for this cargo. You can spend a couple....  more »
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  • 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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