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“This place is fantastic!”

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“This place is fantastic!”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

I think that this museum is one of the best in the midwest. A family needs at least two to three hours to explore this wonderful place. My family enjoyed the water area for the children. If you are from this area, I would recommend getting a membership since there is too much to do in one visit. My family enjoyed everything.

We also went to the 1857 Old Jail Museum (which is associated with the National Mississippi River Museum), which is definately worth a stop. It is located on 8th Street and Central Ave in downtown Dubuque. You can buy tickets there or at the River Museum and Aquarium. There is a choice of a 7 or 20 minute movie. We only saw the 20 minute movie "The Hanging of Patrick O'Connor. Some parts might be too scary or violent for younger ones since it is a light and sound show that is displayed on the old jail cell wall. My family liked the film. There are also exhibits on Julien Dubuque. The jail is open Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Cost is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children and free for children 6 years old and under.

Visited June 2012
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Flossmoor, Illinois
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61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wow - a fantastic museum with something for everyone!”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

We had planned on spending a few hours at this museum. We ended up spending more than 5!
There were so many exhibits with something to hold the attention of our entire group ranging from 49 to 8 years old.
The special exhibit on the Amazon was fantastic - the boys really enjoyed trying to pick up the Anaconda. I found the videos on new species being discovered fascinating.
The Mississippi River exhibits were wonderful - covering ecology, geology, biology, the importance of the river in our history, riverboats and other concepts.
We were really glad we stopped.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Visited June 2012
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Cedar Rapids, IA
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Extensive displays”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Loved the interior of the museum and the outside displays. I would love to go back again to see the improvements they have been making.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great way to spend the day.”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We have a membership, so we go often. To really see everything, I would spend the day or at least 5 hours. They are always adding new exhibits, so even if you've been before, I would say go again. Kids especially appreciate it differently as they get older. We love it!

Visited June 2012
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NEBRASKA
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“museum”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Lots of info. Aquarium was interesting. Museum was layed out well.

Visited June 2012
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