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Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106-1111
+1 816-471-1856
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106-1111
+1 816-471-1856
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Arabia Museum tour was fantastic. I would suggest this as a place to visit. Even one of the people who discovered the ship was there helping answering the questions. Very good display and hard to imagine they were able to save so much.

Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Follow the long, arduous and fascinating path these families embarked upon to find this ship and its sunken treasure. Exhibits with thousands of discovered artifacts paint a picture of what daily life was like in the West before the Civil War. These include dishes, glassware,...More

1  Thank Debravt
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Very interesting. You start with a brief tour, tour guide was funny and informative. Lost of neat things to see. Worth about 2 hours, really enjoyed.

1  Thank SnorkelboyChicago
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Well presented with narration by guides it is an interesting place to visit. The sunken boat cargo are testament to the 19th century era of American lives in Missourri. Great activity for kids to learn about that era of history too.

1  Thank MOKKualaLumpur
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Had some time to kill in KC and read about the Arabia exhibit in a travel magazine. So glad that we checked it out - the story of the ill fated ship is captivating and the story of the Hawley family who discovered the ruins...More

1  Thank Graham C
Reviewed 14 September 2016

this is a diamond in the rough. A private museum and story behind the discovery and the excavation and removal of the steamboat and its cargo is amazing to say the least. If in the Kansas City area this is a must see. Price seems...More

Thank kycgeek
Reviewed 13 September 2016

An interesting look to the past, when America was developing. Also a good example of private initiative. the museum is very didactic, and staff is friendly and happy to answer my questions. For children, better 8+ age.

Thank andreEmiter
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you've every been fascinated by the river lore of authors like Mark Twain and many others, this museum is a must. Not only does it make you stop and think about life on the river, it provides a fantastic window into the lives of...More

Thank dee2466
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great place for adults and kids old enough to appreciate some history. Displays are well done and the place is easy to navigate. Coupons are often found in the Entertainment books.

Thank mgrazda
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Little something there to educate kids and adults alike... very young kids maybe not so much but probably 7 and older can appreciate what they are actually experiencing... very educational as to life in Kansas City near the turn of the century...

Thank Harley_Dad_of_four
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Diane N
19 December 2016|
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Response from ArabiaManager | Property representative |
Yes, the museum is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is available in the lot facing Grand Blvd as well as inside the City Market square. You'll enter the exhibit on a ramp, but an elevator is also available. Please call... More
28 June 2016|
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Response from ArabiaManager | Property representative |
Thanks for asking. It is true that the admission cost for seniors is $13.50. Officially, we recommend about 90 minutes to do the whole tour, but as NOELKAT9791 pointed out, many folks can spend several hours. There's a... More
11 February 2015|
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Response from ArabiaManager | Property representative |
Hi, extra2816! Good question, but unfortunately, we are not adjacent to a beach (we WISH! ;) )