Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012


West Gallery Exhibit:
Now showing:

Earth Extremes!

Earth Extremes is a colorful Earth Science exhibit for all ages. Visitors will be invited to explore areas full of activities, experiments and so much more! This exhibit will be available through the summer.


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Current Events:


May Events:

May Art wall: Jonny Binkard

May West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

May 4: NWIAS meeting, 6:00 p.m.

May 29: Public Planetarium Show, 2:00 p.m.

May 31: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.

June Events:

June Art Wall: Cherokee County Soil Posters

June West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

June 8: Archaeologoy Field School begins

June 8: "Gitchie Girl", Book Signing, 4:30- 5:30 p.m.,

Author's talk, 6:30 p.m.

June 26: Public Planetarium, 2:00 p.m.

June 28: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 a.m.

July Events:

July Art Wall: Marina Van Leeuwen

July West Gallery Exhibit: Earth Extremes!

July 6: NWIAS Meeting: Native American Star

Stories, 6:00 p.m.

July 9: Paddle with an Archaeologist with CCCB

July 11-14: Turkey Track Archaeology Kids Camp

July 26: Coffee with the Curators: 10:00 a.m.

July 31: Public Planetarium, 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.