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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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Lena
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the turtles ... I never knew there were that many different kinds of turtles in the world! We enjoyed the Civil War short films, trying on the clothes, etc. It was altogether a delightful afternoon.

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Dousman, Wisconsin USA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was reluctant to go because I thought this museum would be aimed more at children but I was wrong. There was plenty for children but also plenty that I enjoyed. There is quite a bit about the Civil War which I found very interesting. I would go back.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

While on vacation my family and I visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. It is a really cool place. My boys, who are 5 & 7, loved it there. They were interested in not just the kids hands on stuff but everything. I found myself getting lost in learning about the history of it all. There were times... More

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Marinette, Wisconsin
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is a good blend of learning and pleasure. I loved watching the rays and the sturgeons and all the fish and turtles swimming: so peaceful. They have an amazing collection of historical artifacts, all displayed in appealing ways. Though we visited on a busy summer weekend, I never felt crowded or hurried. I learned a lot about how... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There is an aquarium, and many different displays to see about our country's history. I recommend it!

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North Liberty
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The museum and aquarium is a definite stop on vacation to Dubuque. It is fun for the whole family/group. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Great value!

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The riverboat Bart of the museum was very nice with good displays. The Aquarium was disappointing. We have a better aquarium at the. Milwaukee county Zoo. The traveling exhibit was turtles and I found that quite enjoyable.

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The museum turned out to have more to it than it appeared to from the parking lot. Lots of history and information. Its both an inside and an outside museum. The tour of the old Dredging boat was quite interesting and the 4D movie was fun to watch. The aquarium and interactive exhibits were fun to see as well...lots of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We visited during the week so there was not much of a crowd. The cost of admission is pretty high when you add it up for a family. We got there around 1:30 and we stayed until closing at 5:00. We had a 9 and 6 year old. They were kept busy by e exhibits all afternoon especially the raft... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My grandchildren love watching the fish, seeing the otters, playing in the water area, and all the stuffed animals in the gift shops.

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