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Sioux City Public Museum

607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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great exhibits

we visited for the first time, the exhibits were great; but they were all just too close together... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Andrea W
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Great museum

Great amount of local history here. Everything from local stockyards to hometown rockers who made... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
cheesecake2015
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Ida Grove, 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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  • Average5%
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  • Terrible1%
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“local history” (8 reviews)
“all ages” (9 reviews)
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607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
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+1 712-279-6174
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

we visited for the first time, the exhibits were great; but they were all just too close together. great history about sioux city. i wouldnt go to the gift shop, the prices are just too high. believe the museum could be better and expand out...More

Thank Andrea W
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Great amount of local history here. Everything from local stockyards to hometown rockers who made it big! Something for everyone to see and do. Lots of interactive displays.

Thank cheesecake2015
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

My grandchildren want to go here every time they visit. It has so much Sioux City history and fun for all ages.

Thank Larry I
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

This is a very impressive museum for a city of this size with outstanding exhibits offering great information. I was accompanying my daughter's school group on a field trip - one of many school groups visiting that day. The museum staff did a super job...More

Thank Randy S
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

It's small but not that small. There are a lot of interesting Items in this museum that represent Sioux City's past. I recommend a visit. Its well worth the time spent there. I do however wish it were a bit bigger so they could display...More

Thank Jerri C
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The Sioux City Public Museum offers exhibits the whole family will enjoy. Learn the history of Sioux City., the stock yards bringing thousands of people to Sioux City, The Corn Palace, The railroad, Trolleys, fires & floods. Exhibits of the native american artifacts, and a...More

Thank Brenda R
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

The local museum moved to a larger location in the downtown area, which has made it able to house a great display of Siouxland historical items. This collection gives great details of how Sioux City started, shows what industries thrived and events that happened over...More

Thank Tyler Z
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have lived in Sioux City for 4 years, and this was our first visit. Really interesting to get some of the background for things we've heard about in passing these last few years. Well done videos and mixed media displays. This is a great...More

Thank dannolisa
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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Summer show, beautiful Lego exposition. Incredible, real, amazing, one of the kind. Attended with my daughter and her aunt.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

It is very interesting and history of the Siouxland area. It is amazing all the displays and history that can be put under one roof.

Thank S5672DZdaveg
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