Museums & Local Attractions

Experience History

Sioux City may not be one of America's oldest cities–it was incorporated in 1897–but it has history in spades. Learn about the adventures of Lewis & Clark, the Siouxland Railroad, and much more during your stay.

LaunchPAD Children's Museum

Siouxland's LaunchPAD Children’s Museum provides an interactive educational experience that fosters a child’s creativity and imagination, all in a safe and stimulating environment. The year-round opportunities for learning include participatory exhibits and innovative programs for children ages 6 months to 10 years.

Sioux City Public Museum

Discover Sioux City history in a whole new way. The new Sioux City Public Museum features large, colorful exhibits, interactive displays, and more. It’s a must-see for residents and tourists alike, and admission is free.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Experience a day with Lewis and Clark in this new interactive Missouri Riverfront attraction. The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center focuses on a day in the life of the explorers as they traveled through what is now Sioux City. Admission is free.  

Lewis & Clark Trail/Sgt. Floyd Monument

This travel itinerary highlights 41 of the National Register of Historic Places and is associated with Lewis and Clark. Many of these places are also part of the National Park Service's Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. One monument, the Sergeant Floyd Monument, commemorates Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr.—the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die on the journey.

Anderson Dance Pavilion & Flight 232 Memorial

The pavilion features a covered dance floor and raised bank area. Many summer events, including Artsplash and The Big Parade, happen here. It’s located on Larsen Park Road on the riverfront. To book the Pavilion, call 712-279-6111.

The Flight 232 Memorial commemorates the heroic rescue efforts of the Sioux City community after the crash of United Flight 232 in 1989. This statue depicts Colonel Dennis Nielsen carrying a young child to safety.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace Statue

This grandiose 30-foot statue of Mary, mother of Jesus, is part of a Trinity Heights development, located on 70 acres of wooded area in the northeast corner of Sioux City, Iowa. People of all faiths are welcome to visit this peaceful place.

Siouxland Historical Railroad Museum

With conventional and interactive exhibits, family members of all ages will enjoy railroad memorabilia and reliving a piece of often misunderstood history at the Siouxland Historical Railroad Museum. You’ll even take a complimentary motorcar ride, included in the admission price.