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Sioux City Public Museum

607 4th St, Sioux City, IA 51101-1634
+1 712-279-6174
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larger than it looks

It looks small, but the rooms go on and on. Well done and very interesting with movies and displays... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Terry F
Love going here to see the history of Sioux City

There is a section that has a couple videos that have to do with the history of Sioux City. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cheri D
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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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 28 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 11 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
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Walked through the museum and found it had a lot more items than expected. Very interesting and covered many years of Sioux City history. Was very pleased.

Thank Terry K
Reviewed 3 July 2017

I've taken my four kids here multiple times and they like it each time. They have some interactive things are fun and there is so much to look at for a small museum. They also have a short movie with physical props that come down...More

Thank Casey L
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