Sanford Museum & Planetarium
117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Now Showing:

The Homestead Series

 by Judy Thompson

Art Wall:

September - Susan Moore

October -4-H Projects

November -Laura Lengeling

SMA Programs:

September 12 - Iowa's Hidden Treasures with Dan Kearcher- 7:30 p.m.

October 2 & 3 - Trash or Treasure? with Chuck Schoenknecht and Ward Paul. (by appointment)

October 11 - "The Art of Pioneering" an Artist Talk with Judy Thompson - 2:00 p.m.

October 24 - Monarchs with Carl Stenoien - 7:30 p.m.

November 14 - The Foundation of Successful Business - 7:30 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

Sept 2 - Potluck at Silver Sioux Recreation Area- 6:00 p.m.

Sept 27 - Little Sioux River Archaeology (at the Prairie Heritage Center) - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Oct 7 - Conservation Workshop - 6:00 p.m.

Nov 4 - Investigating Shelter -
6:00 p.m.

Public Planetariums:

Sept 27 - 2:00 p.m.

Oct 25 -2:00 p.m.

Nov 29 - 2:00 p.m.

Phone: 712-225-3922


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