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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Address: 350 East Third Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: +1 800-226-3369
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 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 dino exhibit

Saw the dinosaurs alive exhibit and thought is was grand. It was quite educational. I recommend for folks voting Dubuque.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Saw the dinosaurs alive exhibit and thought is was grand. It was quite educational. I recommend for folks voting Dubuque.

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Thank David T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I took our three young boys ages 9, 6 and 4 to the museum for a birthday trip. It was excellent! The exhibits were plentiful, informative and able to be enjoyed by all of us. I was amazed that all of the boys were enraptured right up until closing and wished they could stay and see more,... More 

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited here on a very hot day in Dubuque, so the air conditioning was a welcome relief! Learning about the river was very interesting and enjoyed the various aquariums. A great place to spend a few hours and well worth the price of admission.

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Thank macilnd2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is always something new to see here. Great exhibits, helpful staff, fun café, gift store and more! We have a family membership and go at least 2 times every year.

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Thank Shannon Z
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a lot to see on this museum campus. It details the history of the Mississippi, showcases some of the aquatic life that can be found along the Mississippi, and details the history of steamboats and boats in general. My favorite part was getting to see the dredge boat outside and getting to walk around inside of it. I've... More 

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Grundy Center, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun for all ages, especially loved seeing the sea turtle swim around with the fish. Kids loved the interact room where they could learn about the water cycle, very hands on. Lots of facts and history about the Mississippi river.

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Stacyville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see here. Especially enjoyed the ship building yard and the tour of William M. Black. Would love to come back with our children sometime.

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Thank Priscilla M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to go see the dinosaur exhibit. I thought it was way over rated. TONS of people crammed into a small location. Everyone just standing there waiting for the dinosaurs to go off so the can video themselves with it. My child was over it. Definitely not worth the additional money. I should also mention that they were holding... More 

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RiverMuseumDBQ, Marketing at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi 515mac, thanks for your review! The Saturday you visited had a couple different events going on that day as well as our normal busy weekend visitors. Events are posted to our events calendar on our website for those wanting to see what's going on when planning their trip. While it seems you experienced a little heavier crowd in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite the experience,especially for the younger generation.Its great for a family with kids that haven't see what actually lives in the water and the shoreline.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There was a lot to see so be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours. The displays, aquarium, dredge boat and dinosaur display were awesome. The dinosaurs are animated so probably not for young children. That was 5 dollars extra. Do not miss it.

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