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Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Boulevard

Since 1991, the Arabia Steamboat Museum has been a popular Kansas City attractions. Tens of thousands of visitors each year come to learn more about the lives of the Western pioneers through the museum’s many exhibits. Others are attracted by one of the greatest treasure-hunting stories ever told. When the Arabia sank some said she carried gold … others said fine china. What was actually discovered will amaze you. And don’t be surprised if during your visit you are greeted by one of the original excavators. They often are here to welcome the guests.


Charlie Dukes

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Loved the tour! This little museum is worth the visit, for sure. So many fascinating artifacts! The discovery of the boat is a big part of the story, so it's great to hear from the guys who dug it up. I think the video could be updated (cheesy reenactments were distracting) An exhibit I enjoyed was a detail of one particular passenger, with his pants and personal items telling a story about who he was. I think it would be great to see more of that. I was excited to see the area where they preserve and analyze the artifacts, but it's a small space, and no one was there to demonstrate. That could be further developed into quite a unique experience - I can't think of one museum that lets you see the process first hand.

Nadia Wilson

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
This was an absolutely thrilling experience! The whole family loved it! You will see the largest pre Civil War artifact collection in the world! There is something for all to see!- children, men, and women alike! The curator did a fantastic job bringing us into the age of the steamboat! Fascinating information, as well as self-guided time! Highly recommend this experience in KC.

Jim Roberts

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Always heard the Steamboat was a worthwhile visit, They don't give the tour away (about $15) but if you enjoy adventure, history and discovery you will NOT be disappointed. Spent a few hours admiring the collection, and story of the find. Excellent private museum with a fun gift store. Highly recommend. If my review was helpful give a thumbs up.

Byron Gramby

Saturday, July 14, 2018
We were in town for a wedding and decided to break off one day and explore the area. So we happened upon this little museum. It's in a sort of plaza and eventually goes downstairs into the one large steamboat exhibit. It's basically a mercantile ship that sunk some time ago, some well to do men excavated it and that's what you're seeing here. Honestly, not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the preservation of culture. Everything here was really interesting and it was fascinating to see vintage items so well preserved from being submerged. Definitely worth checking out of you're in the area and you have about an hour to kill. It doesn't take long to get through. There is a gift shop and it's handicap accessible. It's also close to other shops and some restaurants. There's also parking in the plaza.

Dwight Amstutz

Monday, July 9, 2018
This is an amazing museum. I finally made it after so many suggested. We spent about 1 1/2 hours, Starr’s with a guide them movie 15 minutes each. Then self guided. What a great exhibit of history. Very friendly staff and well maintained museum.

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