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“Discover 200 Tons of Buried Treasure!!!”
This cargo steamboat, laden with 220 tons of merchandise destined for settlers out west, sank in the Missouri River in 1856, where it remained preserved in cold mud until it was excavated in the 1980s. A virtual time capsule of the 1850s and one of the best collections of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, the museum provides a look at frontier life, with displays of the steamboat's cargo, from china and hardware to jewelry and leather boots (900 shoes and boots alone are on display). Tours begin with a film of the excavation and restoration of parts of the boat (which are now on display).
I drove by this place 3 times before I finally saw it. It's in the city market area and I was too busy looking at all the shops and restaurants to see the big sign! I think parking is free, at... Read more
Here are two reasons to visit the "Arabia Steamboat Museum": (1) The Arabia was a steamboat that was loaded with merchant cargo when it sank. They didn't recover single specimens of artifacts;... Read more
We loved our visit! Kids ages 6, 9 and 11 - there was something for everyone. Lots of videos kept their attention. Plenty of pictures to look at, not to mention the artifacts to see! The story of... Read more
Arabia Steamboat Museum
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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