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Arabia Steamboat Museum

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Address: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone Number: +1 816-471-1856
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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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I would suggest this tour anyone, but families will like this as it is entertaining, inexpensive, and doesn't take long to tour. Plus it just cool and neat to look at history... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would suggest this tour anyone, but families will like this as it is entertaining, inexpensive, and doesn't take long to tour. Plus it just cool and neat to look at history. Suggest going and on nice days enjoy the River Market!

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so impressed with this museum and the story behind it. . I am amazed at all the artifacts and displays. Next time we come we will bring our granddaughter.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have brought several groups to see this antebellum treasure of trade goods for the frontier. Items range from heavy tools to fine jewelry; all of it preserved with great patience and detail. The museum is recreated as a deck scene from the original steam packet boat with the boilers intact and one paddle wheel operating. This is a treasure... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've only visited the museum once, but it's a great time capsule of the 1800's. All the physical facets of American life are on display here in the Arabia museum. They have done a wonderful job of preserving the artifacts.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits from a Missouri River steamboat that sank fully loaded a few miles upriver from Kansas City in 1856. The boat was discovered in the 1980s buried a half mile from the river. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids. There are a lot of artifacts that have been cleaned and put on display and there is continued... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent place for the whole family to visit. I could not believe all the artifacts they have been able to preserve and are still working on more.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour with entertaining guide. For sure worth 2-3 hours of your time. Very unique. Guide made it worth it otherwise would be kind of boring to just view the stuff without context. Guide is included in ticket price.

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Thank Eric P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cool little hidden treasure. I was surprised at how much my kids liked it. And since this is located within the City Market, it's a double bonus!

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Thank Donna D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this museum with my daughter's school group and was blown away. I had no idea we had modern-day treasure hunters here in Kansas City!! We learned the story behind the Arabia Steamboat and all the items that were on board. It was full of exciting surprises and historical discoveries. If you have a chance, go for a tour.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Steamboat Arabia Museum is a wonderful place to go, with or without your kids. It's a fantastic look into what kind of cargo a riverboat may have carried. The history of the boat, the sinking and the discovery and recovery are fascinating. A great place to visit.

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