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Kansas City, Missouri: Arabia Steamboat Museum

A merchant goods-loaded vessel sank on the Missouri River in 1856. The river shifted, became farm fields, and the farm family dug up the Arabia and built a museum around it. Still run by the Hawley family.

400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO
Grand Blvd and E. 4th St., in the city market area.
M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $14.50
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Arabia Steamboat Museum

Stopped here a couple of times. Very interesting story of discovery of a sunken ship in the Missouri River from the mid-1800s. Much of the cargo was amazingly preserved in the mud for 150 years. Unique display.

[Clint, 04/29/2019]

Steamboat Arabia.

The Steamboat Arabia

Small but very interesting museum, which give you a great outlook on what was happening in the movement West and what was sold in the general stores in the 1850s.

[Wray Gabelmann, 05/13/2017]

The steamboat Arabia, with all of its supplies, sunk in the Missouri River in 1856 and wasn't discovered until 1988.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

This is worth every minute. Five friends invested on a treasure hunt that involved a four month excavation of an 1850s steamship that still had all of its cargo. Their investment and zest lead to the attraction--which is still a work in progress. Over 200 tons of cargo recovered.

Tour included one of the five appearing in person and answering questions.

[Masten Williams, 06/29/2011]

Keys salvaged from the steamboat.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

The wide variety of goods recovered from the site of the Arabia's wreckage is a wonderful education on mid-19th-Century live in Frontier America.

[Kyr-Roger St. Denis, 05/22/2011]
Arabia Steamboat Museum

Boat carrying products for sale to small general stores sunk in the Missouri River on an oxbow. The oxbow dried up about 2 miles from the main channel, where the boat was found in a farmer's field. The ships contents were recovered in good shape and it is a museum to the times -- 1856.

[Stan Spector, 02/01/2010]

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