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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
+1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our the Mississippi and all our nation's rivers... more » Owner description: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our the Mississippi and all our nation's rivers through dynamic exhibits and twelve large aquariums housed in two main centers. The impressive 10-acre riverfront campus includes a connecting plaza, a 3D/4D theater, boatyard, on-site dining options, and more! DIVE IN for a visit to the Museum & Aquarium, where fun & learning flow together! « less
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Des Moines, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great exhibits!! I really enjoyed learning about the waterways of the US. The animal exhibits were very interesting. The entire museum is very well done. We were rushed out, due to a wedding. I would have liked more time to finish looking around.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Our family (2 adults, 2 kids) made our first trip to the Museum/Aquarium in June of this year. Right away we were impressed with the overall appearance and size of this place. The property consists of 2 main buildings with plenty of things to see and touch inside and outside. The entire place was very organized, clean and loaded with... More

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Friendship, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We all liked the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and even if you go twice it's still entertaining and interesting. There are aquariums to look at, things to read and some hands-on activities (the best part was the water wall!!). It's a must if you are in the area!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed visiting the aquarium and learning about the river and river boats. I wish I had allotted more time so I could have watched a 4D movie. A very children friendly place.

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Palos Heights
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We enjoyed the combination of aquarium and museum. The kids especially loved the 4d theater. My three year old son had a huge smile on his face the whole time! There were many different interactive displays - the kids loved the water play area! The dredge paddle boat and log cabin were cool bonuses to the visit. The gentlemen on... More

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Lena
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We really enjoyed the turtles ... I never knew there were that many different kinds of turtles in the world! We enjoyed the Civil War short films, trying on the clothes, etc. It was altogether a delightful afternoon.

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Dousman, Wisconsin USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was reluctant to go because I thought this museum would be aimed more at children but I was wrong. There was plenty for children but also plenty that I enjoyed. There is quite a bit about the Civil War which I found very interesting. I would go back.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

While on vacation my family and I visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It is a really cool place. My boys, who are 5 & 7, loved it there. They were interested in not just the kids hands on stuff but everything. I found myself getting lost in learning about the history of it all. There were times... More

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Marinette, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This museum is a good blend of learning and pleasure. I loved watching the rays and the sturgeons and all the fish and turtles swimming: so peaceful. They have an amazing collection of historical artifacts, all displayed in appealing ways. Though we visited on a busy summer weekend, I never felt crowded or hurried. I learned a lot about how... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There is an aquarium, and many different displays to see about our country's history. I recommend it!

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