Sioux City Public Museum preserves and shares the heritage
of Sioux City through a variety of
The history of
the Sioux City Public Museum goes back to the earliest days
of Sioux City's history. During the 1850s a group of local
citizens formed the Sioux City Lyceum to present and
collect natural science specimens from around the region and
beyond. This institution evolved into the Academy of
Science and Letters during the 1880s when it became more
historical in focus. The organization continued to collect
natural science items but also historical artifacts from
Sioux City's past.
In 1938, the
City of Sioux City established the Sioux City Public Museum
incorporating the collections of the Academy into its
displays in the old Carnegie Library at the corner of 6th
and Jackson Streets. In 1960, the Museum moved into the John Peirce Mansion after it was given to the City by the Junior
League of Sioux City. The Museum added the Sgt. Floyd
Welcome Center and Loren D. Callendar Gallery in 1997 and the Pearl
Street Research Center in 2000.
After nearly 50 years in the John Peirce Mansion, the Sioux
City Public Museum moved out of the historic 2901 Jackson
Street home in early 2011. Preservation work began
immediately to restore the Victorian-era mansion to its
Since opening a new downtown site in April 2011, the Sioux
City Public Museum has become known as one of the premier
cultural destinations in Siouxland and beyond.
Your Link to the Past
Visit the Sioux
City History website (www.siouxcityhistory.org) to explore the people, places and events that
make up Sioux City’s fascinating history.
The Sioux City Public Museum collects, preserves, and
interprets cultural and social history with an emphasis on
Sioux City and the region.
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