"Steamboat Arabia Museum is..." River Market Area Tip by brdwtchr

River Market Area, Kansas City: 11 reviews and 14 photos


Steamboat Arabia Museum is well worth a visit. It fascinated me to see it and learn about it. What happened was a steamboat sank in the river many years ago with a full cargo of goods going up river to a general store. The paddle wheel ship sank in to the mud. The mud enclosed it like it was sealed in a time capsule. Over the years the course of the river channel moved and changed. The spot where the boat sank was a corn field and not a river any more. Treasure hunters of a new kind went in with bull dozers and carefully dug up the old ship. The entire ships cargo has been placed on display.
They show you a film about how they located the ship from old records and maps of where the river channel went. In the movie you see them actually digging it up and learn how the cargo was preserved. Then you go into a big room that is full of every kind of goods you could imagine.

Address: It is in the River Market at 400 Grand.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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