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.

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 22: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 1st Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (sign up needed)

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

June 29: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 2nd Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (sign up needed)

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 6: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 3rd Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (sign up needed)

July 8: Paddle with an Archaeologist Paddle down the Little Sioux River, while learning about the fascinating prehistory along the way. Megan Stroh will be pointing out archaeological sites 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 13: Sanford Museum Kids Camp, 4th Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (sign up needed)

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.

West Gallery Exhibit, opening July 21: Safety First!

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

August Events

August Art Wall: Jim Willis

August West Gallery Exhibit: Safety First!

August 1: Artist Reception for Jim Willis 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

August 2: NWIAS Meeting: Creating Replicas of Ancient Pottery Dale Clark will talk about his interest in reconstructing the past by reconstructing pottery using prehistoric techniques. He will bring examples of his beautiful work!    6:00 p.m.

August 11: 93 Million Mile Club: Solar activities 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Rain date August 14)

August 12: Meteors and a Movie! Meeting at the high school baseball field, 9:00 p.m.

August 29: Coffee with the Curators, 10:00 A.M.

August 31: Safety First! Meet and Greet in the Street. 4:00 - 7:00 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.