Sanford Museum And Planetarium – Cherokee, Iowa

Sanford Museum and Planetarium

Sanford Museum And Planetarium – Cherokee, Iowa 

This museum in Cherokee has a number of permanent exhibits on the prehistory and history of northwestern Iowa and the Great Plains in several galleries that also include archeological, geological, and zoological aspects of those times. 

In the West Gallery, the museum holds temporary exhibits on a variety of topics including art. The Planetarium is the first one in the state. Part of their programming is to present monthly lectures and demonstrations for observation of the seasonal night sky.

The Sanford Museum and Planetarium has exhibits and activities on a variety of subjects including: Archaeology, Art, Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, Paleontology. The museum was made possible through a trust fund established by the late Mr. & Mrs. W.A. Sanford of Cherokee, Iowa, in memory of their only son, Tiel.

It was their intention to create a charitable trust for historical, cultural and educational purposes that was to be free and open to the public.

The facility was officially opened to the public in 1951. Since then, more than one million visitors have viewed exhibits, attended demonstrations, and taken part in a wide variety of activities.

Admission – None

Directions – 1 block east of U. S. Highway 59 on E. Willow Street in Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, noon – 5:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, year-around (closed national holidays); 2:00 p.m., last Sunday of the month (planetarium demonstrations)

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (712) 225-3922  

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