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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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We bought a package that included the Museum, the Titanic exhibit, and Grand Harbor Resort for one night. It was a very economical way to do all of these items. The museum had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We bought a package that included the Museum, the Titanic exhibit, and Grand Harbor Resort for one night. It was a very economical way to do all of these items. The museum had so many interesting exhibits and hands on things to do. We did the 4D movie which was fascinating as well. It's located right on the Port of... More 

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Portage, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We had so much fun at our recent trip to the museum! The Titanic exhibit is well worth the $5.00 and should be done by pretty much anyone who visits. The museum is large and has lots to explore. My daughter who is almost 7 enjoyed pretty much every aspect but especially enjoyed driving the small motorized boats, exploring the... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I love the river, and its history, so of course I was happy to spend a day at the museum. It's only a couple of hours from my home, and I'm already thinking I'd like to go back again, as I didn't have time to see everything. I did opt for the Titanic exhibit, which was moving, but actually enjoyed... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We are locals, so this is an easy place for us to visit. While I still think it is a bit expensive for a single family outing, we bought passes this year in conjunction with Association of Zoos and Aquariums. These annual passes are great if you are any of the following: 1) A local. 2) A person who will... More 

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Burkburnett, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We're old fogies who have visited multiple museums. We had hoped for more from a "National" museum. However, if you have kids, there are multiple opportunities for hand-on activities. We were not interested in the Titanic exhibition or the add-on to the somewhat high ticket prices for two movies.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Three generation girls trip to Dubuque. We started our tour in the Titanic Exhibit. You are given a card about a passenger and at the end of the exhibit you will look for your passenger to see if survived this tragic event. We recommend paying the extra $3.00 for the audio tour. This allows you to keep moving thru the... More 

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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We saw the James Cameron 4D movie. I had no idea what the 4th D was so I was pleasantly surprised by the mist in the air whenever they hit the water. If you are interested in the history of life along the Mississippi, this is your place. If you go thinking you are going to see a ton of... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Artifacts and various information was very good. Layout and presentation design has a lot to be desired. Many bottlenecks in the walking areas. Spent more time waiting on people to move or stop blocking exhibits than actually enjoying the presentations.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The museum consists of two buildings connected by a walkway, as well as a boatyard and a steam boat to tour. The main building is the Diamond Jo National River Center, where you’ll find exhibits on locks and dams, early explorers, riverboat life, and climate change. The aquarium part is a little sparse, especially the saltwater portion, which is in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a museum with aquariums that is well worth the visit. We spent over 2 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are several glass tanks for you to view various sea life and a couple of tanks that are floor to ceiling glass so it is easy for little ones to watch the fish and the turtles swim.... More 

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