Steamboat Arabia Museum – Kansas City, MO


August 8, 2009 – Steamboat Arabia Museum

Steamboat Arabia Museum map

We loved the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City!  While we were in Kansas City, we stayed with Sonny’s aunt and this was one of the great places they took us.  The building it was housed in was so wonderful and historic as well.  We spent about an hour and a half in the museum, and I would really love to visit it again someday.


Here’s a little blurb about what the museum is all about:  “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. Remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. The discovery was truly a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best.  Built in the boat-yard of John S. Pringle in 1853 she would survive only 3 three years of service on the shallow and unpredictable western-river system.   During is life it logged thousands of miles on the Mississippi and Missouri River.  In the year 1855 it traveled north on the Missouri to the Yellowstone River in North Dakota.  As the excavation team became increasingly aware of their priceless discovery, the decision was made to display the treasures rather than simply sell them.   By now, the recovery and preservation expenses had topped one million dollars.  With little option but to borrow more money for a museum space, the work began restoring a nearly run-down produce wholesale building that would eventually house this enormous collection. Three years later in November, 1991 the Arabia Steamboat Museum opened its doors to the public.”



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  • May 14, 2012 - 9:36 am

    Amanda - That looks really interesting!ReplyCancel

    • May 14, 2012 - 12:25 pm

      Robyn - It really was! They were still cleaning objects found from the ship at the museum.ReplyCancel