Sanford Museum & Planetarium







East Gallery

The Displays in the East Gallery tell the story of Cherokee's development.

The struggles and triumphs of the early settlers are portrayed

through historical artifacts. 

Art wall

Local artists display their skills on the Art Wall in the East Gallery.

Periodically, a new artist is featured. The artists featured for 2014 are:
September: Sandra Heid

October: 4-H Crafts

November: Denice Peters

December: Floriana Hayes


January: Good Times Place Painters

February: James Year

March: Kendra Brown

April: Sandra Williams

May: Kristine Clemens

June: Cherokee County Soils Posters

July: Judy Long

West Gallery
The West gallery constantly changes. It is in this area that we build five major exhibits a year.
Currently on Display

Festival of Trees

Sanford Room

Furnished in mid-nineteenth century style, the Sanford Room provides a

beautiful setting for many of our historic artifacts. 

Lower Level

The lower level tells the prehistory of Northwest Iowa.

Many fossils from Iowa's prehistoric sea are exhibited.

The early inhabitants of this area are known to us only through the artifacts

they left behind. Using part of our collection of prehistoric artifacts, our exhibits

show how those early people lived in Northwest Iowa.

Our Natural History exhibits have a variety of wildlife. From the smallest insect

to the adult opossum, this area contains many of the birds, mammals and

insects living in Northwest Iowa.