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. From now until spring, we will be in the process of remodeling for the new projector.

August Events

August Art Wall: Jim Willis

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

August 2: NWIAS Meeting: Learning and making 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.

September Events

September Art Wall: Tonja Ihlenfeldt

September West Gallery Exhibit: Safety First!

September 6: NWIAS Meeting: Pilot Rock Speaks and Other Stories - 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 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 Events

October Art Wall: Cherokee County 4-H

October West Gallery Exhibit: Safety First!

October 14: SMA Program: The Homestead Act and the Plains Tribes with Nancy Gillis 7:30 p.m.

October 31: 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.