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Steamboat Arabia Museum
The privately owned Steamboat Arabia Museum, at the edge of the City Market, tells the fascinating story of the Arabia, which hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank in 1856 with more than 200 tons of cargo. Over time, the river changed its course, and in the 1980s, a group of local residents found the boat deep in mud in a Missouri field, a half-mile from the river.
Thousands of artifacts have been recovered, ranging from jewelry to boots to kitchen utensils to pickles still in jars (and reportedly still edible). One of the most interesting sights is the restoration area, where technicians continue to prepare more items for display (816/471-4030; 1856.com).