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Sioux City Public Museum

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Address: 607 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone Number:
+1 712-279-6174
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Public Museum...

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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Summer Exposition

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Hinton Iowa
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Hinton Iowa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank 969ivelissed
Sioux City, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Sioux City Public Museum is filled with interesting and educational displays for all ages. It's located downtown so bring change for the parking meters. However admission is a free will donation. My students especially enjoyed the disaster wall film clips and dinosaur fossil digging activity. Allow at least two hours to view all the exhibits. I highly recommend this... More 

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Thank chocolateisgoodcag
Melbourne, Florida
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96 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We stumbled upon this treasure. This museum is free and full of fabulous information. Thoroughly enjoyable and if you're in the area looking for something to do, please stop. You won't be sorry!

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Thank CharismaJ2
Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Have visited the Museum on numerous occasions and took the opportunity to go down and visit the two summer exhibits which were fun and educational. Images from Rolling Stone Magazine was the focus of one, with local history also and the other featured "African Wax Prints" which was outstanding.

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Thank Glenda D
Westby, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We loved this museum. It took you from the first days of Sioux City to modern times. Watch the film and then walk through the interactive exhibits. We all loved it.

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Thank Jean N
Western Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

New Sioux City public museum was very nice experience. We started with film of town's history, which was interesting. I was surprised that small city like Sioux City has such a good museum.

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Thank JMsnow10
Sioux City, Iowa
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I took my brother in law there from out of town on July 14th. Good place to visit, nice exhibits and a great history lesson.

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Thank Sue M
Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a nice small museum in an older building downtown. They display local and regional artifacts in an informative manner. Easy to find, street parking plentiful.

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Thank Dennis M
Lehi, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We loved this museum. Make sure you take the time to watch the intro movie. It was very entertaining and was a great way to start off the visit.

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Thank Melinda C

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