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“Very Educational” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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 21 Attractions in Dubuque
Type: Aquariums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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!
Iowa
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“Very Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

One of the nicer museums of this style I have ever seen. The history of the great river was enjoyable and the exhibits were fun and informational for all. I was impressed and it is hard to impress me.

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Chicago, Illinois
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“Almost 2 museums for the price of 1”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

PROS: Ample parking. Affordable items in the gift shop. Interesting and interactive exhibits in both buildings. Interesting animals in the aquarium (the giant blue catfish, albino snapping turtle were eye catching). The huge octopus was interesting to watch. Affordable food in the restaurant and great views while dining. Great children's play area on the 2nd floor of the newer building. About a 3 hour tour, tops.

CONS: Pricey admission. 2 separate buildings mean you have to walk outdoors (5 minute walk) to get to the other building.

Tip: Once you cross the big bridge from Illinois into Iowa you have to cross a little bridge to get to the museum (it's beside the casino). The admission may be expensive but when we went, you could return the next day for free (of course if you live farther away,it may not matter).

Visited November 2011
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Illinois, United States
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“A must see in Dubuque”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Museum had very nice content - a mix between aquarium and museum. A bit pricy - plan to spend several hours as they have 2 buildings. Nice kids area.

Visited November 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great for a school field trip.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

As a teacher I did find it very educational and interactive and would love to take a group of students there. The museum and aquarium was nice but the $75 price tag for a family of five was a bit much. Also, I didn't like to having to go outdoors to leave one building to the other. It's fine for the summer but not so much when it's cold and winter outside. Personally, it left me with a been there, done that sort of feeling.

Visited November 2011
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“very nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Very nice new with new additions often. Haven't had a chance to ck out the new 3d movies, but that's in the plans....

Visited August 2011
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