Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012



Now showing:

CMHI: A Look Back

Our current West Gallery exhibit:
CMHI: A Look Back focuses on the daily lives of the people staying at the Cherokee Mental Health institute.
The exhibit explores the history of treatment, health care, dietary needs and daily habits.


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October Events

October Art Wall: Cherokee County 4-H Projects:

October West Gallery Exhibit: The History of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute

October NWIAS: There is no NWIAS meeting this month

October 8: Sanford Museum Association Program: Pete Grady - U. S. Grant, 7:30 p.m.

October 25: Coffee with the Curators: 10:00 a.m.

October 30: Public Planetarium Retirement Show: 2:00 p.m. - This will be the last planetarium with our old Spitz A-1 projector! There will be a planetarium at 2, a donor recognition ceremony, and then a final planetarium at 4:00 p.m.

November Events

November Art Wall: Andrea Urban

November West Gallery Exhibit: The History of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute

November 2: NWIAS meeting: One day roadtrip to Pipestone National Monument.  Contact us to sign up. Cost is $20.00

November 12: Sanford Museum Association Program: Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar with Jerry Barlow 7:30 p.m.

November 29: Coffee with the Curators: 10:00 p.m.

December Events

December Art Wall: Judith Eastburn

December West Gallery Exhibit: Festival of Trees

December 7: NWIAS Meeting: Mayan Research Program in Belize, presented by Ryan Lange, graduate of the University of Northern Iowa: 6:00 p.m.

*The museum will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 for Christmas.

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.