Kansas City steamboat museum might move to Jefferson City

March 04, 2019 - 8:09 pm

The founder of the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City is supporting legislation that would move the attraction to Jefferson City.

The current museum houses a collection from a steamboat Hawley helped excavate in 1987 from a field in Kansas.

David Hawley testified before the Legislature last week that the current museum is too small. The issue comes as Hawley is planning the excavation of a new steamboat.

Sen. Mike Bernskoetter and Rep. Dave Griffith, (R-Jefferson City), are sponsoring the bill. They want to raise revenue for the museum by increasing the entrance fees that riverboat casinos licensees pay the state from $2 per person to $3 per person.

The museum's lease in Kansas City expires in 2026.

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