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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Address: 350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #3 of 26 Attractions in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Museums
Owner description: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!

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Ridgetown
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480 reviews 480 reviews
310 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

If you are an adult, you will probably find the tour of the dredger, William M. Black, to be the most interesting thing here. It was a boat used for dredging the Missouri River to ensure its navigability. There are only 2-3 guided tours each day (depending on the day). They are free but one must sign up for the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I went out here on a day trip with a friend from Chicago--this is a decent museum with some great info on the Mississippi River. Would I have liked it to have been a bit larger? Definitely. Would I have liked there to have been more info on the Mississippi aquatic life? Very much so. But, for a medium-sized museum... More 

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Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Young adult and younger kids loved seeing the river animals and being able to touch sturgeon and crayfish. We learned lots about the role of rivers in our country's development- in a fun way! There are outside exhibits right on the river bank of a steamboat, log cabin and story-telling shelter that we could walk into. We could have spent... More 

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Galena, Illinois
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum is probably the best tourist attractions in town. Educational and interactive but a bit expensive. I was in town and this was an excellent way to spend time between meetings. I would avoid this place during "field-trip season" as it was crowded.

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Unequivocally the best attraction in Dubuque! This is an incredibly high-quality museum and aquarium, split between two buildings which both have so much to see. The river center to the east has an amazingly informative exhibit on waterways, water use, river ecosystems, and even treats Native American history in a sensitive, well-informed, and surprisingly postcolonial way. It was really fun,... More 

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iowa city iowa
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3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very nice attraction, worth the visit. Lots of see, exhibits are well done. We were there over the holidays and it was busy but not overly crowded. There is a great variety from river fish and animals to an exhibit on riverboats in the Civil War and lots more.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

A really pleasant surprise to find such a gen in Dubuque! We went with our newly married daughter and her husband. We purchased the package that included admission and one movie. They were having a free wine tasting in the lobby on the Saturday that we went so we started with that. Not too bad for Iowa wine. I found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Really interesting museum with nice grounds and multiple exhibits. There are many hands on things to do as well as exhibits with lots of reading to do. There are short movies in certain area and some live animals there too. You can also walk to an area on the Mississippi where you can board a boat and look around. We... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Connected with the Smithsonian Institute in DC; have rotating exhibits that change regularly. The facility has too much to try to list, but it is best to simply say it has attractions for everyone, at any age. Support facilities include restaurant and gift shop with the overall location on the Mississippi River providing attractions that reflect current life as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We had purchased the family pass package with our stay at Grand Harbor Resort. This was going to be a "if we have nothing better to do" option - we ended up splitting our visit over 2 days because it was just that cool! There was a LOT of hands on, thought engaging activities that the kids and the adults... More 

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