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:


June Events:

June Art Wall: Cherokee County 4th Grade Soil Posters

June West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

June 8: Archaeology Field School begins

June 8: “Gitchie Girl” Book signing, 4:30-5:30, Author’s Talk, 6:30

June 26: Public Planetarium Showing, 2:00 p.m.

June 28: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.

July Events

July Art Wall: Marina Van Leeuwen

July West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

July 6: NWIAS Meeting: Native American Star Stories, 6:00 p.m.

July 9: Paddle with an Archaeologist with CCCB

July 11-14: Turkey Track Kids Archaeological Camp

July 26: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.

July 31: Public Planetarium Show, 2:00 p.m.

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.

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

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