Sanford Museum & Planetarium

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012



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Under Construction!

We are on hold for a bit in the West Gallery while our new elevator is being built and installed.


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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

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.

February Art Wall: Photography by Andrew Linn

February 1: NWIAS Meeting:


 In the panhandle of Oklahoma lies a unique region with pockets of preserved soils dating to 25,000 years before present. Within those pockets are preserved archaeological sites. On February 1st, 2017, Dr. K. C. Carlson, assistant professor at Augustana University in Sioux Falls South Dakota, will share information about her research at these ancient archaeological sites at the Sanford Museum. 6:00 P.M.

February 11: Sanford Museum Association Program: Cuba with Deb Hankens, 7:30 P.m.

February 28: 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.