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.

January Events

January Art Wall: Good Times Place Painters

January 4: NWIAS Meeting: Flandreau-Santee Sioux Tribe, Garrie Kills-A-Hundred is a Tribal Historic Officer of the Flandreau-Santee Sioux Tribe. He will tell us about the tribe's history and what it's like to be THPO: 6:00 p.m.

January 14: SMA Program: Cherokee from 1956 Forward with Joan Ballantyne: 7:30 p.m.

Januray 31: Coffee with the Curators: 10:00 a.m.
This month we’re inviting people to bring one special object from home that tells a story of their own history or their family history. Each attendee of the program will have a few minutes to describe their object and tell us why the object is important to them or their family. Some examples of an object you could bring include: a diary from your childhood, a piece of clothing from an ancestor, a handmade quilt from a family member, a military badge of honor, or anything else that carries a story special to your heart.


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.