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.
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