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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
+1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #3 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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I've had a couple opportunities to visit this museum and I am always impressed by the quality of the exhibits. There are exhibits on the history of the river as well as aquariums full of various aquatic life that can be found on the Mississippi in the different areas of the country it passes through. Great for kids and interesting... More

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Grinnell, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stopped here thinking we had plenty of time and realized there was more to see than we realized. There are two buildings filled with displays and plenty of information. They also have interactive spots and brief audio and video presentations. In between the two buildings though are many other items to look at. Our admission did allow us two... More

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I went with kids aged 6-12 and they loved it. We got to see a 4D movie about the ocean that they loved but wished it was longer. Highlights from our trip include petting baby sharks in a tank, going through a fake cave in the museum, touring an impressive, huge ship, and seeing turtles, beavers, and interesting fish in... More

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Germantown Hills, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This museum is very easy to get to, has a lot of things to see, and kept my children's attention for about 5 hours. My kids are 5th, 3rd, and 1st grades. They especially liked the aquariums with beaver, alligators, and other water creatures. It was very clean and well organized.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Nice displays, loved the turtles, enjoyed the exhibits. It was a nice location and staff was always helpful when we asked a question

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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great place to spend a couple of hours learning some local history and history of the Mississippi river.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I guess I'm just expecting too much, being from Chicago with one of the best aquariums in the world. But I think the price is a little much. The otters were my favorite. It was also pretty neat to be able to walk around the steamboat.

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spent a weekend in Dubuque. We spent two hours here one day and one hour the next. The tickets give you two days of admission. Through movies and exhibits, you get a good history of the Mississippi river and how vital it was to our country. The aquarium provides a picture of what marine life inhabits the river and... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We bought a family membership and it has been the best money we've ever spent. We love visiting on the weekends.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was well worth the $15 admission fee (children were $10). There was so much to see and the entire museum was extremely well done. The facilities were very clean and the staff was very helpful and able to answer questions. My husband, myself, and daughters ages 12 and 11 all enjoyed the experience immensely. My favorite things to see... More

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