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© 2019 Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64106

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

SANK 1856



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.


Tim Gordon, Antiques Roadshow Celebrity Appraiser, 

to Evaluate the Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia 

Internationally known celebrity appraiser, Timothy Gordon—featured on Antiques Roadshow—will be in Kansas City all week (Jan. 6-10) to appraise one of the largest collections of his career: the treasures of the Steamboat Arabia.


Mr. Gordon is famously known for his appraisal of the the Princess Diana Gown Collection, items from the Ronald Regan Ranch, Ansel Adam's photographs, the Liz Claiborne Estate and many other prestigious collections. 

This appraisal will be both fascinating and historical. Gordon claims to posses a photographic memory when it comes to collectibles and historical objects.

In an earlier visit to Kansas City, he remarked that there are items in the Arabia Collection that simply do not exist elsewhere in the world to his knowledge.

Accompanying Mr. Gordon will be a few select colleagues to assist in the evaluation. The appraisal work will be open for visitors to watch and observe as Mr. Gordon discusses his findings. Please join us this week—Monday through Friday—at the Arabia Steamboat Museum as we explore 200 tons of treasure. 

Dates: Mon., January 6—Fri., January 10


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


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.


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.


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