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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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There is a lot of see at the River Museum. Many aquariums to keep young and old occupied. There was a lot of educational and historical exhibits for the older kids and adults. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Merrimac, Wisconsin
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Dubuque, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I will start with the price of $15 per person being a little outrageous for what they offer. I did have my toddler with me so I hoped for a few attractions that might peek his interest. The water section and the turtles were fun for him. The riverboat museum is dated with good information. I just think value for... More 

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Merrimac, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

There is a lot of see at the River Museum. Many aquariums to keep young and old occupied. There was a lot of educational and historical exhibits for the older kids and adults. The snack bar also was very good for the price. Everyone was happy with the sandwich or meal they ordered.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This museum has something for everyone. The highlights for our family were the eagle cage with two live eagles, the lock and dam splash room for the children, and the aquarium. There is so much to see you could easily spend 3 to 4 hours here. The passes get you in for two days.

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Columbus, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

the Mississippi museum was very good and explained a lot about the river history. the displays were very real and well done

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Dubuque, Iowa
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9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A true gem for the city, this museum offers great history of the area and the Mississippi. The museum also has a wide variety of wildlife, found both within this region as well as all along the Mississippi river. The museum is constantly adding new exhibitions and areas. It has a modern feeling to it, but also has the original... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a very nice place for a visit. A day should be enough to see everything. Lots of history about the region and the mississipi river. Not too many optipns on food but what they have is fine and good! The aquarium is also very, very nice. Especially for kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The National Mississippi River Museum has a wonderful combination of live exhibits, films and artifacts which orient the viewer to the central role the Mississippi played in American history. There is something here for everyone. I especially enjoyed the billfish aquarium. If you have never seen a billfish while its feeding, you have missed a great show.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

In walking distance from the Grand Harbor, so we walked with the kids and took a few hours to view the museum and aquarium. Very informative and even fun for kids interest, the Titantic exhibit will open in May - would have liked to see it. Would do it again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I'm sure this place is very good for people in the area to bring their kids to visit on the weekend, or if you are in town with nothing better to do, but I really didn't find this place worth going to. There was a women who worked in the clam/prawn area who was very knowledgeable and educational, that was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was very well laid out, very clean and informative. thoroughly enjoyed it as did my 3 small children. It's a must visit when in Dubuque

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