Sanford Museum & Planetarium
117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012
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Current Events:October 30 was our last planetarium with our old projector. The opening date for the new projector will be announced., as soon as possible.
September 9: SMA Program: Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses with Richard Poole (Humanities Iowa Program): 7:30 p.m.
September 13: Turning My Story into History Session 1, held at the Cherokee Public Library 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
September 24: Archaeology Day, at the Silver Sioux recreation Area 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
September 26: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.
October Art Wall: Cherokee County 4-H
October 14: SMA Program: The Homestead Act and the Plains Tribes with Nancy Gillis 7:30 p.m.
October 18: Turning My Story into History Session 2, held at the Cherokee Public Library 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 31: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.
November Art Wall: Dianne Liepa
November 1: NWIAS Meeting: Mysteries of Mini-Wakan State Park with John Doershuk, 6:00 p.m.
November 15: Turning My Story into History Session 3, held at the Cherokee Public Library 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November 18: SMA Program: Songwriting Symposium with J. Jeffrey Messerole, 7:30 p.m.
November 28: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.
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.