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

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Now Showing:

Up, Up, & Away

Art Wall:

July - Judy Long

August - Sandra Williams

September - Susan Moore

SMA Programs:

August 13 - Perseid Meteor Shower Party - 9:00 p.m.

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

October 10 - Monarchs with Carl Stenoien - 7:30 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

August 5 - Gradiometer Demonstration- 6:00 p.m.

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.

Public Planetariums:

July 26 -2:00 p.m.

Aug 30 - 2:00 p.m.

Sept 27 - 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.