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Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
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+1 816-471-1856
10:00 - 17:00
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The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a favorite Kansas City attraction, a history...

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.

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On a "day off" from touring colleges Decided to check the museum out. Experienced a short informative guided tour, viewed a movie about the excavation of the steamboat, had an... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On a "day off" from touring colleges Decided to check the museum out. Experienced a short informative guided tour, viewed a movie about the excavation of the steamboat, had an interactive Q&A w/an actual family member of those who were involved in the excavation process & then viewed the 100's of well preserved items discovered from the the steamboat. It... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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It is in a weird location in town which is hard to get to and the Riverwalk area around it is not worth going to.

Thank dchenus
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum was very interesting. There is a movie and a guided tour. Takes about a 1 1/2 to do. I found that the museum is a little repetitive But it nicely arranged go before lunch then you can eat at the many restaurants around the museum

Thank Lori A
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very unique look back at the history of the Missouri river and American history. The artifacts have been preserved impeccably and give a time travel effect as you are given the opportunity to see how life was lived.

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Logan, Utah
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The story and tour was amazing. So many things learned-be prepared to want to take notes! Definitely a must see!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took our youngest son here on a day where we just wanted to get out & this was a real treat ! My son was really into the artifacts & hpw they went abput restoring them. The tour began as a guided tour, but after about 20 minutes, we went exploring & took our time in the areas we... More 

Thank Shannon C
Kansas City
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So interesting! No one thinks about the changing courses of rivers or what lies beneath where they once were. Well a couple of enterprising men did, and found the Steamboat Arabia. The film with commentary is certainly worth watching. Amazing that so many items were found and in such good shape!

Thank leavekc
Marion, Arkansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Arabia Museum and what it represents was a great experience. The number and quality of items in this museum was incredible. A steamship sank in the Mississippi River not far from my great great grandfather's home and I have always had an interest in steamships that become buried after the river changes course. The finding of the Steamship Arabia,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Local family treasure... Lots of reading, not interactive for young kids... They may get bored. I've been several times and live that the collection cities to grow.

Thank Robin R
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who doesn't like to think about finding hidden treasure? The families that discovered the Steamboat Arabia in the middle of a corn field have quite a story to tell, and they do it well. The history loving friends not only found the steamboat, but were able to salvage tons (literally) of merchandise that was bound to the newly opened western... More 

Thank Jane H

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