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River Heritage Museum

117 South Water Street, Paducah, KY 42001
270 575 9958
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Paducah
Type: Specialty Museums
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A very historical and educational museum with the focus on crews on the river as well as the rivers itself. The hands on is the tow simulator which really gives an appreciation of the complexity of safely managing a tow.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Well done small museum displaying Paducah river history along with simulator where you can pilot several different kinds of boats. The simulator would have been more interesting if there had been someone available to explain how things worked.

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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

unless you love boats and gift shops bigger then the museum its not worth the entry fee. The room that simulates the storm was a BIG let down.

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shanghai
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240 reviews 240 reviews
81 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This museum is actually attached to the training school for people involved in navigating the river systems so you can actually do some simulation stuff as well which is fun, you can also see what's happening on the river from a webcam. Additionally the film is interesting and the exhibits varied, an excellent museum.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Wonderfully laid out. Stroll along and discover the Ohio River. What lives in the river, where does it flow, what does it carry? Many more questions will also be answered.

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Nashville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

A well kept secret in downtown Paducah. Explore local history and learn about the Ohio River! Well worth the admission price which is not a lot. Great value!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This was a very informative museum about the history of the inland rivers and those who work on them. There's an interactive simulator that lets you drive and it's a hoot (we drove the speedboat and got sea sick).

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Marion,IN
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15 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a wonderful place to learn about the history of the Ohio River in this area. Really nice collection of model riverboats, photos, hands on exhibits of working locks and a very informative short movie. Worth a stop.

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Rochester, New York
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60 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a fairly small, but well done, museum along the floodwall featuring activity on the nearby rivers. There is a nice mix of historical photos, artifacts, ship models, films, audio clips, and hands'-on models to observe. They offer a 20-minute professional film on life on the river included with the admission. Upstairs part of the historical building has been... More

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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We visited this museum on a Labor Day trip to Kentucky. Very hospitable hostess to guide us and give suggestions about, touring the museum. The museum is very interactive and educational with lots of hands on activities for all ages. We had fun.

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