Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia
Opens April 26, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Steam back in time to when Pittsburgh was the Gateway to the West with the History Center’s new major exhibition, Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia.
Learn about the Steamboat Arabia, launched in Pittsburgh in 1853, sunk in the Missouri River, and discovered nearly 150 years later by a group of modern-day treasures hunters deep below a Kansas cornfield.
Packed with nearly one million objects, the locally-built Steamboat Arabia travelled extensively to frontier towns along the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers. During its final journey in 1856, the boat hit a tree snag and sank near Kansas City, Mo. As the years passed, the Missouri River changed course and left the Arabia buried 45 feet below a cornfield.
The Arabia was eventually unearthed in the late 1980s with many of its contents perfectly preserved in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment.
The Steamboat Arabia exhibit features nearly 2,000 perfectly-preserved artifacts, including everything from coats and boots to fine china and pre-fabricated homes, all in an immersive museum environment ideal for visitors of all ages.
Hop aboard to enjoy the largest time capsule of pre-Civil War items ever discovered as part of Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia.