Public programs are held every Sunday and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. as well as programs for groups and schools during the week by reservation.
The museum is open to the public 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on weekends
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.
Sanford Museum & Planetarium
117 E Willow St.
Cherokee, IA 51012