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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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Spring Break with my Granddaughter

Took my Granddaughter here as part of our trip to Dubuque for her Spring Break. We spent the previous day & overnight at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark.We had a fun time here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Took my Granddaughter here as part of our trip to Dubuque for her Spring Break. We spent the previous day & overnight at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark.We had a fun time here at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. I will be back next year during my youngest Granddaughter's Spring Break.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

So much to see can really make a day of it and have fun with the kids! Look for coupons or discounts can be kind of pricey!

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Poynette, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Went with family for an educational visit and was well worth it.The touching of hermit crabs and a sturgeon was very neat. Then seeing the octopus in the tank was neat also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Had a great time! Definately only need one day, but both 13 yr olds the 6yr and the 4 yr old had a great time

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We spent quite a while touring facility. The food in the cafe was so unexpected! Gourmet style and delicious! Movies in 4D were fun. Alot to see!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We didn't know this was here, we just happened along it on a road trip. We ended up spending quite a long time. There was so much to see! All three of us learned things and it was one of our son's fonder memories of the trip. A must see.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Oh my, what a fantastic way to spend an hour, a lunch or a day in Dubuque. With history, action, hands on, speakers, animals, kids activities, movies, and gifts....the Natl Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is fun for kids of all ages. We stop in monthly on our own and always take visitors from out of town for this one... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

These museums and aquariums are THE place to start your exploration and understanding of the American river system. This is a destination for all who wish to learn and understand this vast system which drains all or part of 37 states! A major collection of artifacts (supplemented by The Smithsonian Museum collections) reveals the secrets of the past and studies... More 

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I travelled here with two kids (7 & 4) and even with the young ages, we spent over two hours exploring! Because we were early in the season, a lot of the outdoor exhibits weren't fully open, but there was still plenty to do outside as well as in. I was happy to see so many hands on exhibits -... More 

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Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great amount information about Mississippi. Easy access in area, spent several hours for value of cost. plenty of parking amazing what large fish are living in Mississippi

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