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

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Now showing:

Earth Extremes!


Art Wall:

April: Jonny Binkard

May: Jonny Binkard

June: Cherokee County Soil Posters

July: Marina Van Leeuwen

SMA Programs:

Aug 12: Perseied Meteor Shower Party at the Cherokee Little League Fields - 10:00 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

May 4: Darrell Frerichs’ Archaeological Collection held at the home of Darrell Frerichs - 6:00 p.m.

June 8: Archaeology Field School

Public Planetariums

Apr 24 - 2:00 p.m.

May 29 - 2:00 p.m.

June 26 - 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.