Beginning Sunday, July 11th we will offer public programs every Sunday and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. as well as programs for groups and schools during the week by reservation. Masks will still be required in the planetarium at this time.
The exhibit is three fold: A community contest, innovative objects on display from our collection, and a highlight of early Cherokee ideas. We had 21 submissions for the ideas contest! While you pick your favorite community idea, check out prehistoric innovations, local innovations, the life and works of Ben Laposky, and modern innovations. Public voting starts today until November 12th.
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.