Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012


West Gallery Exhibit:
Now showing:

Earth Extremes!

Earth Extremes is a colorful Earth Science exhibit for all ages. Visitors will be invited to explore areas full of activities, experiments and so much more! This exhibit will be available through the summer.


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Current Events:


August Events

August Art Wall: John Evans

August West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

August 3: NWIAS Meeting: Road Trip of Waterman Creek Sites

August 5-6: Four County Float

August 12: Meteors and a Movie, 10:00 p.m.

August 20: Explore Earth Science, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   

Stargazing 10:00 p.m. Cherokee Little League Fields

August 20: SMA Program: The Moon, The Weather with Elwynn Taylor. 7:30 p.m.

August 28: Public Planetarium Show, 2:00 p.m.

August 30: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.

September Events

September Art Wall: Candace Camling

September 7: NWIAS Meeting: End of the Season BBQ and Atlatl Throwing: Held at Martin’s Access Park, Cherokee County, 6:00 p.m.

September 10: Cherokee Pedal Through the Past:

Sign up prior to the event at the Sanford Museum and pick up a Route list. 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

September 10: Sanford Museum Association Program: Korea, Then and Now with Bob Hoogeveen 7:30 p.m.

September 19: West Gallery Exhibit: The History of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute

September 25: Archaeology Day: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

September 25: Public Planetarium Show: 2:00 p.m.

September 27: Coffee with the Curators: 10:00 a.m.

October Events

October Art Wall: Cherokee County 4-H Projects:

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

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 Show: 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.