Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012



Now showing:

Abraham Lincoln:
A Man of His Time,
A Man for All Times


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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.

May Events

May Art Wall: Jodi Whitlock

May West Gallery Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: A Man of his Time, A Man for All times

May 3: NWIAS Meeting: Cherokee Archaeology Sites Road Tour: See interesting archaeological sites around Cherokee, Iowa. We will meet at the Sanford Museum at 6 p.m. and then caravan to the sites.

May 29: We Will be closed for Memorial Day

May 30: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.M.

June Events

June Art Wall: Cherokee County Soils Posters

June West Gallery Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times

June 7: NWIAS Meeting: To Be Announced

June 27: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.M.

July Events

July Art Wall: Caryn Kepford

July 5: NWIAS Meeting: Archaeology Site Trip
Meet at the Sanford Museum at 6 p.m. and caravan to a famous archaeological site in our area. We will have to hike more than a mile in uneven terrain to get to the site

July 8: Paddle with an Archaeologist
Paddle down the Little Sioux River in a kayak or canoe, while also learning about the fascinating prehistory along the way. Megan Stroh will be pointing out archaeological sites on the route, and we will stop and look for fossils and artifacts along the way. This is a joint program with the Cherokee County Conservation Board. Sign up with them ahead of time to participate in the program.

July 17-20: Turkey Track History Camp
History and science often go hand in hand when it comes to understanding the past. Space is limited, so you must sign up your little historian before June 1st.

July 25: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.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.