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 2015 are:

January: Good Times Place Painters


February: James Year


March: Kendra Sorum


April: Christine Hilbert


May: Kristine Clemens


June: Cherokee County Soils Posters


July: Judy Long


August: Sandra Williams


Spetember: Susan Moore


October: 4-H


November: Laura Lengeling


December: Margery Hoppe

West Gallery:

Now showing:

Up, Up & Away




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.