We have exhibits featuring everything from Astronomy to Archaeology!

Current Events

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. 

Artists featured in 2019:

January: Mavis Wolfgram

February: Donna Abitz

March: Ting Ting Shao Beck

April: Sara Burrier

May: Cherokee's Historic Houses

June: Cherokee Soil Poster Contest

July:  H and Joanne Schar Collection

August: Brittany Tangen

September: Area VFW Posts

October: Cherokee County 4-H Projects

November: Zombie Heads with the Cherokee Public Library

December: Connie Hankens

For information about how to be featured on our Art Wall, please email us at artdirector@sanfordmuseum.org

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


Coming soon: You Matter: All About Molecules

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 No


Explore everything from Space to Archaeology in our Lower Level!


The Sanford Room is a time capsule intended to reflect the lives of people living in the mid 19th Century.


Our East Gallery features history of the area and an Art Wall that changes every month!