History really does come to life at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, because this fascinating museum tells the story of a remarkable historic event, through actual artifacts and stories from those who experienced it first hand.
In September 1856, the might steamboat sank carrying 200 tons of mystery cargo - it was lost for 132 years, and upon its recovery in 1988, it was like a treasure trove had been found - a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best!
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. Here, you can discovery the history behind the Steamboat Arabia, and actually see what remains of this infamous ship and yes, you can see some of that treasure recovered!
On display is clothing, and fine china, guns and carpentry tools - even dishes and children's toys (and the world's oldest pickles!) - it really is a collection to captivate all who visit, and a great way for kids to connect with history.
Not only can you learn about the sinking at the Arabia Steamboat Museum, but also the recovery over 30 years ago.
Kids can learn exactly how it sank, where it sank, and how all the artifacts (and some of the boat itself!) were preserved for all those years at the bottom of the Missouri River.
It really is quite spectacular to think about!
Reading history books is one thing, but SEEING it in person is another, so why not see history come to life right in front of your eyes, and explore the story of an event that is so important to Missouri history.
$14.50, $13.50 for Seniors (60 or older)
$5.50 (Ages 4 to 14)
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit, there are plenty of places to choose from!
They recommend 90 minutes to view the entire museum. The guided tour is 20 minutes, followed by short film, and the remainder of the tour is self-paced.
Make sure to visit our gift shop after your tour. and pick up some gifts and souvenirs to take home - there are some great items to keep the history lessons going too!
They offer school rates for K-12 of only $5.50 per student, as well as discounts for elementary and middle school interactive experiences. It is their mission to provide students with a memorable experience that will ignite their imaginations, increase their appetites for knowledge, enhance their school work and impact their future careers. With over 200 tons of treasure on display, the Arabia Steamboat Museum will bring history and science to life.
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the exhibits! They will be happy to answer any questions. There are no required stairs, and seating is available throughout the museum
They close one hour early on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween and New Years Eve.