Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012



Now showing:

Abraham Lincoln:
A Man of His Time,
A Man for All Times


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Current Events:

October 30 was our last planetarium with our old projector. From now until spring, we will be in the process of remodeling for the new projector.

July Events

July Art Wall: Caryn Kepford

July 4th: We will be closed for Independence Day

July 5: NWIAS Meeting: Archaeology Site Trip

Meet at the Sanford Museum at 6 p.m.

July 5: Sign up for Sidewalk Chalk Contest

July 6: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 3rd Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

July 7: Sidewalk Chalk Contest Drawing at Bacon Aquatic Center 10:00-2:00

July 8: Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced at the Bacon Aquatic Center 10th Anniversary and Crazy Days Kickoff.

July 8: Paddle with an Archaeologist

Sidewalk Chalk Artist for the week of July 10th: Taylor Marie Johnston

July 13: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 4th Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (sign up needed)

Sidewalk Chalk Artist for the week of July 17th: Scout & Anders

July 17-20: Turkey Track History Camp

West Gallery Exhibit, opening July 21: Safety First! (This opening date may be postponed due to construction)

July 25: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.M.

August Events

August Art Wall: Jim Willis

August West Gallery Exhibit: Safety First!

August 1: Artist Reception for Jim Willis 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

August 2: NWIAS Meeting: Creating Replicas of Ancient Pottery  6:00 p.m.

August 11: 93 Million Mile Club: Solar activities 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Rain date August 14)

August 12: Meteors and a Movie! Meeting at the high school baseball field, 9:00 p.m.

August 29: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.M.

August 31: Safety First! Meet and Greet in the Street. 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.

September Events

September Art Wall: Tonja Ihlenfeldt

September West Gallery Exhibit: Safety First!

September 6: NWIAS Meeting 6:00 p.m.

September 9: SMA Program: Tent Repertoire, Circle Stock, Airdomes and Opera Houses with Richard Poole (Humanities Iowa Program): 7:30 p.m.

September 26: 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.