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Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd Kansas City MO 64106
(816) 471-4030
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Discover 200 tons of treasure

Located along the Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum relives the story of Arabia, the steamboat which sank due to a snag in the Missouri River. The boat itself was designed to face the current and go upstream. The sunk vessel was discovered in 1988 and the remnants and artifacts are now displayed in this museum. The museum also has a gift shop for souvenirs. Check the...

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This cargo steamboat, laden with 220 tons of merchandise destined for settlers out west, sank in the Missouri River in 1856, where it remained preserved in cold mud until it was excavated in the 1980s. A virtual time capsule of the 1850s and one of the best collections of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, the museum provides a fascinating look at frontier life, with displays of the...

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Well worth the price and the time

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Fascinating place, as they say, like walking into a dept store from 150+ years ago. The science behind the recovery is also very interesting.
We wandered in the first time, not knowing what it was, returned 2 years later to show others. The exhibit had grown in that time, they are still working at it.

Great experience

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Sandra was our tour guide and was very informative. She pointed out interesting facts such as the rolling pin that was not soaked in preservative and the indian picture showing him wearing a breast plate made from ornamentation from the hand guns. Bob Hawley one of the original founders came and spoke briefly as well.

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The Arabia Steamboat was built in 1853, carrying cargo and passengers down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Three years later it sank on voyage to Kansas City, filled with 222 tons of precious cargo. The boat was sucked into the mud at the bottom of the river and was not recovered until 1987 when an excavating team located it and was able to extract part of the ship and its shipment,...

Located along Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum recounts the story of the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in 1886 when a walnut tree created a hole in the hull. When it sank, there were only parts and pieces that could be salvaged, however these remnants and artifacts are now displayed here. The museum claims to have the largest amount of pre-Civil War artifacts...

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