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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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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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Interesting exhibits about the nature of the river and its inhabitants. My grandkids like the interactive exhibits. This is the 3rd time we have been there. This summer 2015 the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting exhibits about the nature of the river and its inhabitants. My grandkids like the interactive exhibits. This is the 3rd time we have been there. This summer 2015 the Titanic exhibit will be there

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Not like a big city aquarium but nonetheless it was very exciting for the kids. Two buildings packed with examples of Mississippi animals, fish and history. Wish we could come back when harbor attractions are open.

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Muscatine, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I liked that it was within walking distance of the Grand Harbor Resort. It's a large museum with a wide variety of things to do and see. We were there for 3 hours and honestly could have been there even longer. Great for kids!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Was an awesome experience! We all enjoyed seeing all the exhibits, especially the alligator and turtles!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Overall this was a decent facility. My family went on a weekday, so it wasn't very busy. It was clean except the observation tower windows. It was also a cold spring day so we didn't get to utilize the outdoor portion much. None of the cafe/stands were open. It has a few neat tanks and displays, but they weren't nearly... More 

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Maquoketa
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I took my granddaughters 8 and 6 to spend an afternoon. It was a little cool outside so they want to go back this summer to see the rest. We spent a wonderful 3 and 1/2 hours, including lunch and still didn't see everything. There is a special section for young and old that like to play with water. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Plan about 5 hours to see read and experience the whole deal. We didn't get to read everything or see all the little movies or do all the hands on stuff but still really enjoyed. We being myself my 80 year old mother and my 15 year old daughter. Little ones will really like it too some hands on, crawl... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We took our family of 5 and it was so cool for all of us 4years-43years old. It was edgucational and very fun to experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place was fun and informative. We went on a weekday so it wasn't crowded and it was easy to move around the buildings at your own pace. I'd recommend going in the summer months when the outdoor exhibits are all up & running. Great place to take your kids or just go with friends or family.

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum and aquarium. While small the exhibits are good and interesting to those interested in the history of the Mississippi.

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