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

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Now Showing

Native Cultures of

North America

Art Wall:

January - Good Times Place Painters

Febraury - April Mason

SMA Programs:

Jan 9 - Prairie Cemeteries with Glenn Pollock - 7:30 p.m. 

Feb 13 - Iowans who Fought Against the Union with David Connon - 7:30 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

Jan 6 - Iowa's Icy Past - 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 3 - Making Ceramic Pots and Cordage Valentine's Gifts - 6:00 p.m.

Public Planetariums:

Jan 31 - 2:00 p.m.

Feb 28 - 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.