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Sioux City Public Museum

607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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This place is pretty cool. Lots of interesting Sioux City history and its FREE! A great way to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Elizabeth S
Visited during the Lego reviews. Very worth the time to visit.

The number of displays throughout the museum was very entertaining, especially for our 8 yr old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 15 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
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Our friends were visiting from the west and we were short on activities. We took our 10-year olds to the museum. The place is packed with interesting features. The kids could have stayed there all day, especially in the dinosaur dig. We really enjoyed the...More

Thank Alison K
Reviewed 28 July 2017

My wife and I did not grow up in this town so it is very interesting to read and study the history of this area. The museum is well done and very informative from the early days of the frontier to the beginnings of the...More

Thank UncleRex
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Our second trip to the museum was as interesting as our first trip. This time, we brought family from Bismarck to visit the museum. My sister and I could have spent all day there. I love history and I love museums. Sioux City is special...More

Thank Dabooklady
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

So much packed into this smaller museum. Do NOT miss the 12 minute movie of the history of Sioux City. My whole family, ages 14-48 enjoyed and learned a lot. It was not busy at all.

Thank Pamela G
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Because I live in the Sioux City area, I have visited the museum several times. But in May I had the privilege of helping to chaperone a group of fourth graders on a field trip to this amazing place. So many updates and changes have...More

1  Thank Jane S
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