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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
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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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I am not a fan of museums, but this one has something for everyone. We went when they had the Titanic display and it was awesome. The set up here is very well done. I didn't plan... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2016
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

I am not a fan of museums, but this one has something for everyone. We went when they had the Titanic display and it was awesome. The set up here is very well done. I didn't plan enough time here though. We made it to the jail but not the other house. So plan for a good 4 hours to... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

The exhibits were really well done - good variety, well displayed. Also a few interactive displays which our kids enjoyed.

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Burlington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2016

Great for young kids! Lots of different fish and water fowl. Museum interesting. Has hands on location for kids. Fun part of that was the cycling to upset the water. Had ice sculptures outside, but was too cold out to check out the rest of it! Will go back in the summer.

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Sycamore, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved our trip to the museum and aquarium. Thankful for the great temperatures during our visit because some of the attractions are outside. Would have been cold if the weather wasn't perfect.

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Milton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 1, 2016

We went for the Titaniic exhibit we loved it. Very nicely done. They also do different things through out the year.

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Manteno, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

This is a really nice museum with a lot of hands on activities for kids. The fish, snakes and water fowl were my favorite. I also really enjoyed the movie about the Mississippi history. We watched the second half. I wanted to go back to see the first half but we forgot after we went to the second building. This... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Bigger than expected. Loved the outdoor exhibits - old boats. Good aquarium with variety of historical and special exhibits. We only had time for 2 hours. Easily could have done 4. They do allow two day visit with one ticket purchase.

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Thank ejwebly
Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed March 29, 2016

The Museum is always fun to go to. Even though we've been there on several occasions, it's never boring to go back.

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Sussex, WI
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Reviewed March 29, 2016

One of the best Museums I've been too. Tons of hands on exhibits and very fun. We commented how very few "Do Not Touch" signs there were which made the experience so much more fun. Staff was very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable.

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Dysart, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed March 29, 2016

Interesting exhibits...particularly the hands-on experience for young children. Also, the steamboat display brought history to life for us.

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