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

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Current Events:

West Gallery Exhibit:

Coming up:

Festival of Trees

Art Wall:

November -Laura Lengeling

Nov 19 - Art Wall Yoga with Donna Mogensen-Lee - 12:00 p.m.

December - Margery Hoppe

January -Good Times Place Painters

SMA Programs:

Nov 14 - The Foundation of Successful Business - 7:30 p.m.

Jan 9 - Prairie Cemeteries with Glenn Pollock - 7:30 p.m.

NWIAS Programs:

Nov 4 - Investigating Shelter -
6:00 p.m.

Dec 2 -Whalebones Brought to the Mountaintops with Dr. Matthew Sayre - 6:00 p.m.

Jan 6 - Iowa's Icy Past - 6:00 p.m.

Public Planetariums:

Nov 29 - 2:00 p.m.

Dec 27 - 2:00 p.m.

Jan 31 - 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.