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Sioux City Public Museum

607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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One of the best city museums that I have visted. Beautiful facility and don't miss the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Debra S
Take your time and go often!

So fun to see all of the displays. There is no way a person could go through this museum in less... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandy H
Sioux City, Iowa
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Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum features large, colorful exhibits, interactive displays, and much more. Visitors will discover the "Spirit of Sioux City" through a lively 12-minute orientation film in the ornate "corn palace theatre." A variety of hands-on experiences are available including the award-winning "Innovation I-Wall" and "The Big Dig," which replicates an active fossil dig site. Highlights of the permanent gallery are rare Native American artifacts from the area; Sioux City's first "horseless buggy," a 1901 Oldsmobile; a 1930 Kari-Keen airplane manufactured in Sioux City; and a 1918 Mack fire truck similar to ones used by the Sioux City Fire Department. The two-story Disaster and Recovery Wall features multi-media presentations of three major Sioux City catastrophes: the 1904 Pelletier Department Store fire, the 1953 Floyd River Flood, and the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232. Temporary exhibits feature topics of local and regional interest.
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“corn palace” (8 reviews)
“dinosaur dig” (5 reviews)
“local history” (8 reviews)
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607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the best city museums that I have visted. Beautiful facility and don't miss the introductory movie. Helpful staff and varied sections of display. Interactive and interesting. Plan on at least 2 hours. I was sorry for closing time to come.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So fun to see all of the displays. There is no way a person could go through this museum in less than 3 hours. There is so much to see that you'll miss it if you don't go through it slowly and often!

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed 9 December 2017

I was rather surprised to find so many talented Midwestern artist ! The painting sand photography depict the history of those that settled here. Not only that, there are modern photos and paintings that capture the HEART of America. They offer classes and love to...More

Thank 412robynd
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Start with the video to learn about Sioux City History. Lots of Sioux City History here: business, music, natural disasters, etc. And it is FREE

1  Thank pameladapj
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This was a great stop! It's run completely on donations! Lots to learn about Sioux City, IA. There are some terrific hands on activities. It would be a good resource for scouts and research papers for the kiddos

Thank A M
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This place is pretty cool. Lots of interesting Sioux City history and its FREE! A great way to spend a few hours downtown... kiddos from 3-11 just love it!

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The number of displays throughout the museum was very entertaining, especially for our 8 yr old grandson. He really liked the work that was put into these fantastic displays.

Thank Weathreye
Reviewed 15 September 2017

It looks small, but the rooms go on and on. Well done and very interesting with movies and displays from prehistoric to modern times. Small gift shop.

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 10 September 2017

There is a section that has a couple videos that have to do with the history of Sioux City. It gives a very accurate view of the true story. My grandpa El Nathan Hunt was in one video of the dept store fire that happened...More

Thank Cheri D
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a place you can spend easily two to 3 hours. Really well done and tells the story of Sioux City. Don't miss the movie and if you have kids find the dinosaur exhibit in the back.

Thank yhut
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