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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 27 attractions in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dubuque
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Dubuque, and we are here often. My grand kids love it!! There are 2 parts to it. The part with the paddle wheel in front of it focuses on the history of the local area and how the Mississippi River affects it. There are interactive displays galore. In one display, you can see how Dubuque used to... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you have kids or grandkids, bring them. It is educational and fun. If you don't have kids, come anyway, I think you will enjoy the movies, interactive displays and wildlife.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is a unique and interactive experience. Fabulous exhibits educating you as you enjoy the nuances of the Mississippi. Each spring/summer a different theme is featured. They have had frogs, snakes, turtles and this spring The Civil War will be the changing exhibit. An aligator, stingrays, otters and catfish are part of the permanent... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The River museum is outstanding. It is well worth a visit. I haven't been there for couple years. One highlight is the movie, it is great. I've been to Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arlington, etc. I feel the River Museum is one of the most outstanding venues that I've been to.

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Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Large varied displays appropriate to all age levels. Can easily spend a half or full day or more learning about animals and river life. Highly recommended.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have been to the Mississippi River Museum a few times ( and our kids have visited with their schools as well) and we discover something new each time! The last time we were there, we got to see the turtles, snakes, etc. being fed! The kids loved handling the crayfish, checking out the ducks, fish, and other animals that... More

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Dubuque
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent place for a visit and to Melody_L_1234 who said great way to spend an hour or half a day wondering when she visited takes the best part of a day to see and view everything that is there. The old dredger is also converted into a bed and breakfast great place for overnight adventure.

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Scranton, North Dakota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Take the kids. Great interactive exhibits. They rotate the exhibits so there is always something new to see! Aquarium is great with lots of native wildlife and fish!

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

What a great way to spend an hour or half a day. The museum is very well kept up and staff is plentiful and ready to answer questions or give you information or history. Interactive exhibits punctuate every part of the museum which makes it great for the kids and gives adults time to read if they want. The cost... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Take 2-3 hours out of your busy schedule and spend time at this interesting museum. There is something for everyone to enjoy here, including a well-laid out collection of local artifacts, an impressive display of river boat history, complete with a paddle wheel boat that you can tour, and our favorite, the Mississippi River aquarium! The collection of familiar as... More

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