Arabia Steamboat Museum
Address: 400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 471-1856
Price: Adults: $16.50, Seniors (+60): $15.50, Children (4-14): $6.50, Children (3 and under): Free, Call for school and group prices
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Sunday: 12-5PM (last admission 3:30)
The Arabia Steamboat Museum houses a fascinating time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when it struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. The boat's cargo hold was loaded with 200 tons of supplies intended for general stores and pioneer settlements. As the years passed, the river changed course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Finally, in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and its magnificent cargo. They were amazed to find fine dishware, clothing and even bottled food preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River. So if you're looking for an adventure the whole family will enjoy, come discover the treasures of the steamboat Arabia. We are open for self-guided tours Monday through Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00. The last admission time is 3:30 every day. Plan at least an hour and a half for a visit. The museum is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.