Sanford Museum & Planetarium

The Sanford Museum and Planetarium was made possible through a trust fund established by the late Mrs. W. A. Sanford of Cherokee.  The trust fund reflects the wishes of both Mrs. Sanford and her husband, a long time banker, that a museum should be built in memory of their only child, who died in his twenties.

The facility was officially opened to the public in 1951.  Since then, more than one million visitors have viewed exhibits, attended demonstrations and taken part in a wide variety of activities.

Planetarium programs are given every Wednesday and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. or by appointment for groups of 10 or more, Monday through Friday.


416 West Main Street, Cherokee IA 51012 (712) 225-5749