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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
+1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #2 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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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

There is so much to do here, no wonder your pass is good for two days! We went on a Monday morning and there were lots of people of all ages enjoying the museum. There are two main buildings with a connecting outdoor walkway along the river. The setting is beautiful as Dubuque is about the most picturesque town I've... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

My son loved it. each display was just as exciting as the last. It is 2 building with a park in between. The best was the Snake Neck Turtle. Or was it the boat in the park that you pull along a rope. Or maybe the Eagles. Or maybe the hands on water toys. No, the best was the Shark... More

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Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This was a fun museum for our family - the kids enjoyed the aquarium and animal stuff, and my husband and I got more into the history and eco stuff. I enjoyed being able to go on the William M Black ship and tour it. Good value.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. When we bought our tickets, we were told that we only needed a few hours, but that our tickets were good for two days if we wanted to come back. We made the decision to use that second day when we found that there was no way to see everything in only a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We decided at last minute on our mini vacation to stop at the museum. Best decision of the trip! 2 adults and 2 younger children. We loved it!

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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum has added an additional building and more outdoor activities for children since my first visit in 2003. Great for families. Don't miss the tour of the large sand digger boat docked between the two buildings. The guide we had on the boat provided interesting facts on how the boat worked and the men who ran the boat. All... More

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Waterford, Wi.
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was really impressed by this medium size museum. It shows wonderful exhibits of river wildlife and great hands -on interactive exhibits for kids. There was an incredible turtle exhibit and a small civil war exhibit. With the visit!

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Ripon, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

First of all for folks who can't do a lot of walking, there are wheel chairs available for free. Also Free parking. We spent about 3 hours there. There are plenty of nice films you can watch and a large barge you can tour. Otters and turtles to see and well as some tanks containing sharks and the usual ocean... More

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Washington, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum and aquarium are within walking distance of the Grand Harbor Resort. It was a very interesting visit with lots of river information. The aquarium was also good. It is a large place with lots of exhibits and movies, as well as boats to tour. We were able to get a package rate with our hotel room to visit... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum easily filled an afternoon...in fact, we needed more time! Our mistake was arriving mid-afternoon and trying to get through the whole museum/aquarium. You could probably fill a whole day, or at least 2/3 of a day. I wouldn't recommend paying extra for the 4-D movie (the aquarium one). It just sprays you with water a couple of times,... More

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