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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Address: 350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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!

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great history and nature; kids will like too

dubuque's long history including natural history included; beautifully arranged exhibits. nice location.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

dubuque's long history including natural history included; beautifully arranged exhibits. nice location.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Where do you find a smithsoneum museum in the Iowa? Dubuque has one. Good quality. Interesting. Family friendly. Good for kids. If you hook this up with a river boat ride, you have a good day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Did not see the movies. Heard they were the best part. The aquarium had so.e great exhibits. Maube more suited for kids learning.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to this museum 4 times in the last 2 years. What a wonderful experience. I visited the reptile exhibition and will be going to the dinosaur exhibit this next week. As a child growing up in this area, I grew up on the Mississippi river and the exhibits bring back many memories of the time I spent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lot to look at many fish species the dinosaur exhibit could have been better just seems kind of small could have had more species and snakes gift shop is very expensive

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Rochelle, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cannot say enough good things about this museum. We have lived most of our lives in the Chicagoland area and have enjoyed some of the best museums. Needless to say we did not have any grand expectations because of the size of Dubuque. But we were pleasantly surprised. It felt like there was so much to see that we could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My mother chose this destination for our recent road trip - and it was a good choice. Interesting exhibits, a mix of living wildlife, historic relics, videos and interactive displays. We borrowed a wheelchair, making it easy for us to visit both the main buildings plus the riverside walkway joining them. We enjoyed a basic lunch at the museum cafe,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

See river fish up close. Also eagles outside. If you are lucky even some not in the enclosure. Read history and geology of the river. Also wander through the steamboat section of the museum. See related video and movies. Nice gift shops with some unique offerings. Great for families or adult tours. All ages would enjoy. Optional dinosaur displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here a few times and I always love coming back here. This time around we also saw the Dinosaur exhibit which was small, but impressive with all of the history. It was a jam-packed day of learning about the river and habitats, etc. Highly recommend this for families, solo travelers, or anyone if they're in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful mixture of stuff spread over two building along the Mississippi river. Very clean and two great gift shops. They even have a river dredge you can tour. It goes into great deal about river boats. Not much of an aquarium, but the overall experience learning about the rivers and river boats is what it is all about. The riverfront... More 

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