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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very nice museum and aquarium. Next visit will be in warmer weather

We were following the great river road and stumbled upon the museum/aquarium. It's a modern, well... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Stingrays are amazing

We had a great time. We learned alot about how fragile the ecosystem is and the aquatic life is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Terisa S
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Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive! Our 14-acre campus on the banks of the Mississippi River...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were following the great river road and stumbled upon the museum/aquarium. It's a modern, well kept facility. The staff was friendly and helpful. Interesting displays and artifacts. Lots of history. The aquariums included local fresh water species and some salt water species, including a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Patrick_Appleton
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a great time. We learned alot about how fragile the ecosystem is and the aquatic life is awesome

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Terisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful museum that is kid and family friendly. It is easy to navigate and you can kill hours just watching the playful otters in their habitat.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are the type of person who likes to learn random mostly useless facts then this is for you. Lots of info about the river and it’s fauna, navegability and history and facts about the importance of the river in this part of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank franciscom633
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very educational for young and old. Loved seeing all the fish and sting rays. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DebnCary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is wonderful way to spend a day and learn about the Mississippi, as well as other places. The amount of artifacts were plentiful and the descriptions helped in the learning. Hear stories and see movies of the way people lived. The salt water aquarium...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank passionfortravel0920
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took advantage of the adjacent Grand Harbor Resort's 2-day museum and waterpark package. After splitting our time between both venues the first day, our children wanted to spend most of our time at the museum and aquarium the second day. Since our first visit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DGay1991
Reviewed January 15, 2019

This a favorite attraction of all four grandchildren when they visit. They have enjoyed the films, the Stingrays, jelly fish, eagle, otters and, well, everything! Even my littlest, age 3, was enchanted. One thing, PLEASE, parents, supervise your children! I have been shocked by children...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

This is a nice museum and aquarium. They do a very good job of changing up the main attractions frequently to keep things fresh.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dan W
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Nice Museum & Aquarium, better than I expected from a small city. The stingrays and jellyfish were a nice surprise.

Date of experience: February 2018
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October 5, 2018|
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Response from rdjsa123 | Reviewed this property |
There are several very cool things for kids. HIghly recommend taking them!
Stephanie R
July 20, 2018|
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Response from thriftytraveller37 | Reviewed this property |
Most of it is inside. Yes if its raining, the river boats you have to walk to. But there is a mostly covered walkway. Remote control boats and animals outside ( like a zoo area) probably would be unavailable.
June 11, 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie