SANK 1856

RECOVERED 1988

THE ARABIA STEAMBOAT MUSEUM 

A popular Kansas City attraction for more than 25 years 

When the mighty Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 was like finding the King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River. The discovery was truly a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best.

 

The artifacts are preserved and displayed at the Arabia Steamboat Museum, located in the historic City Market. From clothing, fine china and carpentry tools to guns, dishes and children’s toys to the world’s oldest pickles—the collection captivates visitors of all ages. Whether it’s your first visit to this favorite Kansas City attraction or you come every year, the treasures of the Steamboat Arabia will connect you to American history in a new and exciting way.

THE ARABIA IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

We are pleased to announce the Arabia is now open after an extended hiatus due to COVID-19. We have some exciting updates to share with you. The first is that there are no longer guided tours of the museum. Instead, the tour is self-guided, with a new series of short videos that walk you through the story of the Arabia dig. Museum staff and members of the original dig team will be there if you have any questions along the way. Also, masks are required per city ordinance. We ask that all visitors keep at least 6 feet of distance from staff and guests not in your party.

Thank you for your understanding and for your patronage.
We are excited to welcome you back to the Arabia Steamboat Museum!
HOURS

Monday-Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*

Sunday

Noon - 5:00 p.m.*

*Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Closed one hour early on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween and New Year's Eve.

VISIT

Guided tours include a short movie and explanation of the excavation process. Guests will see the treasures recovered from the Arabia and watch preservationists restoring artifacts in our lab.

CONTACT

Arabia Steamboat Museum
400 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106

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© 2019 Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106

(816) 471-1856 | steamboatmuseum@gmail.com