We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
Website
Today
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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 14-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!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,009 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 655
    Excellent
  • 256
    Very good
  • 80
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
family day

this is a great place great, there place is a lot its a great rainy day place, its also a lot of fun when you can walk outside and see the outdoor attractions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
dirtymax87
Add Photo Write a Review

1,009 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 1,008: English reviews
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is a great place great, there place is a lot its a great rainy day place, its also a lot of fun when you can walk outside and see the outdoor attractions.

Helpful?
Thank dirtymax87
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very disappointed. Not worth the money. Thought it was way overpriced. The dinosaurs exhibit was loud and a short walk through. But it was the best part of the visit. Only 1 stop in though, can't go back in after you come out. Alot of neat history though.

Helpful?
Thank Angie O
Sugar Grove, Illinois
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Looking to find out more about the missippisi river? Cool museum with history, animals and many hands on activities for the kids!

Helpful?
Thank k k
Middleton
Level Contributor
145 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a family friendly museum that surprizingly has both salt and fresh water fish. The emphasis is on river fish, but the rays and octopus were great. Lots to do, from movies to ship exhibits and river history. Even dinosaurs! A great place to visit.

Helpful?
Thank Tom I
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hadn’t expected much and it went waaaay beyond that. Far and away many, many exhibits and offerings. The dinosaur special exhibit was far beyond anything I expected since most of the models were animated.

Helpful?
Thank WI-maverick
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our boys had a great time! I loved watching the excitement on my 2 year olds face while running around looking and all the cool aquariums ect.

Helpful?
Thank Mommyofboysx5
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the museum and aquarium. They have many interesting exhibits on the natural history, anthropology, and ecology of the river plus some water life from other habitats. We came as a couple, although I think families with young children would enjoy it. They could use some crowd-guiding ropes to help usher people into the building rather... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lynn B
Bangor, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great family place to go on a hot day. Plenty to see and do. Passes are good for two days. Love the salt water tank.

Helpful?
Thank Jess B
Iowa City, Iowa
Level Contributor
38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this museum! There truly is something for every age and you will leave with an increased appreciation of the Mississippi River and rivers in general. There are two buildings plus many displays and activities between the buildings. There is also a dredging vessel which was fun to see. There is a great hands on water area for kids,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jeanne B
Le Mars
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My 6 year old had so much fun! Lots of things to see and do. We checked out the Dinosaur exhibit and enjoyed that! My 16 year old son loved all of the aquarium animals! He loved getting to touch the sting ray and the sturgeon. The staff was SO friendly and helpful!! We did this visit completely unplanned and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michelle N

Travelers who viewed National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium also viewed

 

Been to National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and other visitors
9 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?