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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
+1 800-226-3369
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Ranked #3 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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Dover, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This is a history of the rivers of America and the way they were used for trade and travel. The volunteers who man it were very knowledgable about their subjects and we could not fault the museum. Well worth a visit.

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Fairmont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This very modern museum covers the Mississippi River from where it is born to where it gives up all its strength and mystery at the Gulf of Mexico. You can explore the history, architecture and the power of the river and the riverboats that traveled from city to city all along its banks.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Stopped here on out Great River road tour, and it was a fun experience. The Aquariums were great, my son loved the river otters and the interactive displays. Friendly and knowledgable staff too

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Peru
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Great overview of the Mississippi with many hands on activities for all ages. Loved learning about the history of the river dating back to the early civilizations. The aquarium portion was bigger than expected they had everything from turtles to salt and fresh water fish and even had a otter which was cool. Dress appropriately as portions are outside but... More

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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Enjoyed the trip down the Mississippi without getting wet! Great displays, information, hands on exhibits. Traveling exhibits change and looking forward to the Titannic in May2015. S Taft were friendly and knowledgable. Enjoyed the outside space also.

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Toledo, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum is definitely worth visiting. Lots of fish, turtles, and interesting exhibits. We especially enjoyed the overhead "trip" down the Mississippi River from it's start to it's end, and the demonstration of erosion. Some interesting hands-on activities. The riverboat section was ok but less interesting. There was too much to see in the 4 hours we had.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This museum is actually in two buildings. The one building that relates to the Mississippi River is the more interesting for us adults who have, perhaps, seen our share of museums.One thing that was amazing to me was that in both buildings EVERYTHING worked. In contrast to some other places that we visited, every button worked. Nothing was "out of... More

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Wales
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited this museum as part of weekend package at the De Soto House Hotel in Galena. The museum is user friendly, clean and the people are friendly and helpful. My husband particularly enjoyed the display of maritime engines and touring the retired dredging barge parked at the museum. The guide for this part of the museum was a gem.... More

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A two day pass was perfect as there is so much to see and do. There are a lot of child related things to do but also things for adults to listen to and interact with. We really enjoyed all of the history.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

After a very nice steamboat two hour tour of the Mississippi River, my wife and I visited this museum. We entered at 2PM Sunday and were told that if we did not cover the entire museum that day, save our receipt and use it for admission the next day, Monday. That's a good deal! I really enjoyed the steamboat exhibit... More

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