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Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City

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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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  • Loved the story of how the steamboat was found and restored - truly a labor of love. Definitely worthwhile if you are in KC. 
    Loved the story of how the steamboat was found and restored - truly a labor of love. Definitely worthwhile if you are in KC.  more »
  • The whole museum was fascinating. The process of finding the ship and the entire process of unearthing it was presented. Most of the items found in the ship had been cleaned and restored and were on....  more
    The whole museum was fascinating. The process of finding the ship and the entire process of unearthing it was presented. Most of the items found in the ship had been cleaned and restored and were on....  more »
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  • The museum was extremely well done. The exhibits were nicely displayed and pretty self-explanatory, but there were employees, including Jerry, one of the original excavators, walking around telling stories, and pointing out details the signage didn't tell. That was probably my favorite part. It took us about 2 hours to go through the entire museum. The price is very reasonable, and definitely worth it. Made a great homeschool field trip.
  • Absolutely amazing collection! What a lot of work restoring all the items that went down with the ship. A true glimpse of the past way of life. Met Dave who actually found the ship He is a wealth of info on all the items and back story as well. Very reasonable admission, don't skip this one! A gem!!

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