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





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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

8th Grade Science Fair

Art Wall:

James Year - February

Kendra Sorum - March

Christine Hilbert - April

SMA Programs:

Feb 21 - "UAV's, Drones, & Precisoin Agriculture" with Joah Sievers & Chad Huffman - 7:30

Mar 14 - "Grass Between the Rails" with Denny Rehder- 7:30

Public Planetariums:

February 22 -2:00 p.m.

March 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.