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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Address: 350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture...
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!
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We stopped in Dubuque during our 'Out West Trip'. We chose to visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium while they hosted the Titanic Exhibit. I am glad we made... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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New Bremen, Oh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped in Dubuque during our 'Out West Trip'. We chose to visit the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium while they hosted the Titanic Exhibit. I am glad we made that choice. We all enjoyed the museum, exhibit and aquarium and each of us learned something along the way. I really thing this place has something of interest for... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were a party of four kids, ages 5-15, and one adult. We purchased the museum & aquarium and the special Titanic exhibit. The Titanic exhibit and museum were interesting. The aquarium felt a bit lacking. We could have also chosen to add a movie, but opted not too. Overall, we spent about 2 hours here and enjoyed it. We... More 

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Monticello, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Even though the River Museum is always very interesting, it is even more so now with the Titanic exhibit. The exhibit will be here through Sept. 7, 2015. It's amazing to see the items that have been recovered and hear the history of Titanic. The permanent exhibits are also very educational & kids really enjoy viewing the aquariums. The otters... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have traveled most of my childhood and adult life in the military. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is one of the best activities I have seen in the midwest. I have heard the radio ads for years advertising this place, but until a recent day trip to Dubuque, who knew it would be such a great experience... More 

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Independence, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum that is interesting to all ages. We spent hours looking at exhibits and watching the river life. There have been lots of additions since we were last here. Don't miss the outside areas and make sure you go through both buildings. We enjoyed going through the titanic exhibit and learned so much.

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on the 4th of July and it wasn't crowded at all, a welcome change of pace compared to museums in Chicago we're used to, and it was just as nice. It provides a really great historical perspective on the Mississippi River, but what we liked most was seeing all the fish and other critters that live in the... More 

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Milan, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I went to the Mississippi River Museum with my sister and her friend (both teenagers). They were blossoming into the "Nothing is fun" stage of life, where everything not involving boys or clothes is completely boring. That was not the case on this day! We all had so much fun! The exhibits are interesting without being overwhelming, and we learned... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

A very nice aquarium with tanks of both fresh water and salt water. Nice variety of some local fish, snakes, turtles and salamanders. Our group was 4 people, all over 60. Lots of history on steamboat manufacturing and other historical information of the Mississippi river and surrounding areas. Decently priced, decent prices of food at the cafe, very friendly staff,... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was great to learn more about the Mississippi. We loved the paddle wheel river boat area-- featuring quotes from Mark Twain. The exhibit had china place settings and embossed wooden chairs used in this luxurious travel of the day. Several interactive exhibits. We also loved watching the large beaver swimming-- up and down, up and down. The several movies... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well put together exhibits on the entire Mississippi river ecosystem and its impact on history, ecology and economy. They do a good job of interleaving ecology and history; very informative. There are a number of interesting areas on the grounds; don't skip the boat building area, just fascinating. The only down side was that the aquarium was quite small; I... More 

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Additional Information about National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Address: 350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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