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Sioux City Public Museum

607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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Amazing and FREE

What a great museum in the heart of downtown Sioux City! The layout of the museum is great and it... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Denise S
Regina, Canada
A really fun presentation of local history

I have to say that the 12 minute introductory video is one of the best I've seen for historical... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Denver, Colorado
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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 15 July 2016

What a great museum in the heart of downtown Sioux City! The layout of the museum is great and it has good flow. There are millions of things to look at, read and be hands-on with. I thought for a smaller city, this provided a...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I have to say that the 12 minute introductory video is one of the best I've seen for historical accuracy mixed with humor. I laughed several times and was impressed with how nice the theater itself was. We also loved the donation cow at the...More

Thank nattyjay99
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Watch and experience the history of Sioux city from the corn palace to modern industry. Tons of antique artifacts, a fantastic intro movie and a great dino fossil digging area made this a great way to enjoy Sioux City. And it's free too! We donated...More

Thank khobbstx
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great museum I remember when it used tobe on Jackson Street but it's great that you can still have the old items and bring in some new ideas.

Thank SusieV63
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This was a cool place to go. Definitely a great place to learn about Sioux City. This place is pretty big. You get to see the plane crash that occurred at the airport. The gift shop is good too.

Thank 324taram
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

My kids weren't that interested in the history represented by the museum, but I loved it! This is a good visit for history buffs and those who grew up in Sioux City.

Thank Plaidfuzz
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I was blown away when I first entered the Sioux City Museum! I consider myself a museum buff and this little gem is just wonderful. Very factual and lots of artifacts from Sioux Cities past. It is a very lovely place that I hope the...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 19 June 2016

The confluence of four waterways created the founding of the more than century old Sioux City , Iowa . From Native Plains Indian settlements to cooperative ventures with non-natives , from fur traders to industry ,from riverways to airways , from game to gaming ,...More

Thank RichBev04
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is an awesome hidden gem in Sioux City! It's right downtown and accessible anytime of the year through the skywalk system in bad weather or just a short walk when the weather is nice out. It has a ton of cool information about the...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 16 April 2016

What an enjoyable museum! It does a great job of bringing the history of the town to life with excellent displays and stories. Very enjoyable, and beautifully done!

Thank Melija
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