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Kansas City's Arabia Steamboat Museum
When this 1856 steamboat was discovered buried in field a half-mile from the Missouri River -- with more than 200 tons of cargo intact -- its rescuers sensed a unique opportunity. More than $1 million later, the Arabia Steamboat Museum is a must-see for history and transportation buffs.
Work began on the boat in the field where it was found and later moved (along with 12 preserved feet of the original vessel) to the museum at the edge of City Market. Restoration work on the ship's contents continues to this day and can be observed as part of the tour. See a full-sized reproduction of the main deck; sundry items like dishes, pickles (still edible!), and sewing notions; and a skeleton of the only casualty -- a mule. Allow time for the gift shop, which sells a unique perfume re-created from a scent found on the ship. (816) 471-4030; 1856.com