Sanford Museum and Planetarium

Cherokee, IA

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Address: 117 E Willow St, Cherokee, IA 51012, USA Number: 712 225-3922 Website Contact How do we get there?

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The Sanford Museum and Planetarium is a wonderful learning experience for the whole family, especially kids!

This Cherokee museum offers a number of exhibits and programs that cover a range of subjects including Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Prehistory - offering kids an incredible insight into our world and those people who have shaped it to what it is today!

On the lower level kids can explore everything from space to archaeology, before moving to the Sanford Room where you go back in time, and reflect on the lives of people living in the 19th century - kids, we expect you'll find life over 150 years ago pretty different to your lives today!

Don't miss the East Gallery where an art wall showcases incredible works of art from local artists, plus works that tell the story of Cherokees development, and the struggles and triumphs of the early settlers.

Then of course, the Sanford Museum also features that amazing Planetarium with a super cool SciDome Theater showing a number of amazing programs and shows that can offer you an amazing journey into the Solar System, Universe and beyond!

Each month the planetarium programs are centered around a theme, and public shows happen at 4pm every Wednesday and Sunday, and they have even started programs JUST for those under 6 years which occur the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm.

So get ready for a day of learning and discovery at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium - you never know what you might uncover!

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Check out the event schedule and planetarium show schedule before you arrive so you can plan your day around it!

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Grab something in the area before or after your visit - there are plenty of places!

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The Sanford Museum is great for field trips and offers a variety of educational programs for groups on subjects including Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Prehistory. If you are interested in a pre-existing program they offer, or if there is a program preference but for a different age level, give them a call and they'll do their best to assist you. Appointments for classes should be made at least one month in advance. Classes are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. They usually take 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the museum! They will be happy to answer any questions

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When can we go?

9am - 5pm weekdays, 12p - 5pm weekends

Open year round, closed some major holidays

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