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“family vacation getaway” 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!
canton,illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“family vacation getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Fantastic museum and aquarium. Don't miss the 4D movies also.
The aquarium has an area where you can touch the fish.

Visited July 2012
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Millville, Wisconsin, United States
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“Fun for all ages of family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Much to see. Much hands on. Interactive for all ages.
Clean, and comfortable inside and out.

Visited August 2011
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Fascinating History of Rivers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

As a family we all enjoyed it from the little ones on up. Dubuque has done a nice job of creating a pleasant family attraction

Visited June 2012
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Iowa
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“This place is fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I think that this museum is one of the best in the midwest. A family needs at least two to three hours to explore this wonderful place. My family enjoyed the water area for the children. If you are from this area, I would recommend getting a membership since there is too much to do in one visit. My family enjoyed everything.

We also went to the 1857 Old Jail Museum (which is associated with the National Mississippi River Museum), which is definately worth a stop. It is located on 8th Street and Central Ave in downtown Dubuque. You can buy tickets there or at the River Museum and Aquarium. There is a choice of a 7 or 20 minute movie. We only saw the 20 minute movie "The Hanging of Patrick O'Connor. Some parts might be too scary or violent for younger ones since it is a light and sound show that is displayed on the old jail cell wall. My family liked the film. There are also exhibits on Julien Dubuque. The jail is open Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children and free for children 6 years old and under.

Visited June 2012
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Flossmoor, Illinois
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“Wow - a fantastic museum with something for everyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We had planned on spending a few hours at this museum. We ended up spending more than 5!
There were so many exhibits with something to hold the attention of our entire group ranging from 49 to 8 years old.
The special exhibit on the Amazon was fantastic - the boys really enjoyed trying to pick up the Anaconda. I found the videos on new species being discovered fascinating.
The Mississippi River exhibits were wonderful - covering ecology, geology, biology, the importance of the river in our history, riverboats and other concepts.
We were really glad we stopped.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Visited June 2012
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