Sioux City Public Museum
John Peirce Mansion
View from the southeast
|Location||2901 Jackson St., Sioux City, Iowa|
|Architectural style||Romanesque revival|
|NRHP Reference #||78001273|
|Added to NRHP||December 12, 1978|
The Sioux City Public Museum located in Sioux City, Iowa was originally a mansion and had exhibits relating to the history of the region. There were also exhibits detailing the Lakota people, Omaha people, and Winnebago people.
The museum used to be home to the financier John Peirce who built the Romanesque home out of Sioux Quartzite with 23 rooms in 1893. First purchased by a group called the Junior League in 1959, the opening of the mansion as a museum was in September 1960. There was a robbery of a saddlebag from the museum in 1996 that was part of a string of museum thefts which involved stealing Native American artifacts.
A new location was opened in Sioux City's downtown at a former J. C. Penney store which includes a theater, classrooms, and exhibition rooms. The museum project cost 12.5 million dollars. A new exhibit was opened that is all about the song "Sioux City Sue". The museum takes up 10,000 square feet.
The original mansion is being renovated to its original purpose; there are currently rooms for different functions and a ballroom.
Activities and recognition
Students from the Sioux City Community School District make models of local landmarks that are judged every year by the museum and the Historical Association.
The museum's deaccession criteria is a six step process that was used as an example in the book Museum administration: an introduction. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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