Opening the Museum
Beginning July 6th the museum will be returning to our regular hours. The planetarium will still be closed for now.
Due to Covid-19, we ask that visitors:
1. Avoid entering the museum if you are sick with a cough or fever
2. Wear a Face mask (disposable masks available if you do not have one)
3. Maintain a 6 ft distance from those not in your group
4. Use hand sanitizer as you move from one area to another
5. Refrain from touching any display
6. Visitors must be 16 years of age or accompanied by an adult (at least 21 years old)
Any questions? Feel free to contact us!
The public is always welcome to join us for any of our events!
Everything we do is always free and open to the public.
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.
We love visitors! Stop in and explore the museum!
117 E. Willow Street, Cherokee, IA 51012, USA
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Public Planetarium Shows are held every Sunday and every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Also available for groups of 10 or more by appointment. Monday through Friday.