Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
Stern of Steamboat Arabia

Stern of Steamboat Arabia.

Photo credit: By Prosekc (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a history museum in the Kansas City River Market that houses artifacts salvaged from the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856. The museum's collection consists of hundreds of thousands of items intended for daily life on the frontier including more than 4,000 pairs of boots and shoes, 247 hats, 235 ax heads, 29 jars of pickles, 328 pocket knives, and one children's doll. All are from 1856 or earlier; most of them were brand-new merchandise heading to general stores on the frontier. The Wall Street Journal called it "an Aladdin's cave of objects from the year 1856."

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