Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012



Now showing:

Festival of Trees

Our current West Gallery exhibit:
Come in and enjoy the holiday season!
Many groups around town have decorated some beautiful Christmas trees.


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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.

December Events

December Art Wall: Judith Eastburn

December West Gallery Exhibit: Festival of Trees

December 7: NWIAS Meeting: Mayan Research Program in Belize, presented by Ryan Lange, graduate of the University of Northern Iowa: 6:00 p.m.

Santa will be here during the

month of December!

December 10: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 11: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 15: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

December 17: 2;00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 18: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 22: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*The museum will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 for Christmas.

December 30: Cherokee Public Library Dance for Families, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 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.