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.
Periodically, a new artist is featured. The artists featured for 2018 are:

January: Amber Deerr

February: Pamela Douglas

March: Corey Burnett-Hausen

April: Karen Kinder

May: Brenda Backamn

June: Cherokee County Soils Posters

July: Deb Otto

August: Kimberly Baxter Packwood

September: Jorja Kemp

October: 4-H Crafts

November: Cathy Eischen

December: Sue Rush

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.


Showing October 5 - November 14:

Cherokee Historical Photograph Collection

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.


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!