Sanford Museum & Planetarium
117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Now Showing:

Up, Up, & Away

Art Wall:

May - Kristine Clemons

June - Cherokee County Soil Posters

July - Judy Long

SMA Programs:

June 27 - Antique Tractor Show- 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

August 13 - Perseid Meteor Shower - 9:00 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

June 3 - Review of Gardening Program and Field School- 6:00 p.m.

July 1 - Mitchell Indian Village Field Trip - 8:00 a.m.

August 5 - Gradiometer Demonstration- 6:00 p.m.

Public Planetariums:

May 31 -2:00 p.m.

June 28 - 2:00 p.m.

August 30 - 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.