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“Something for everybody!”

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Ranked #2 of 63 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!
West Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Something for everybody!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This really has something for everybody to keep them interested and entertained. From the many exhibits and river history facts to the aquariums - our favorite part - totally worth a visit. Don't be afraid to check this one out! We've gone a few times when in the area.

Visited August 2012
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Coal Valley, IL
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84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Visiting the Aquarium”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Allow plenty of time :) it's wonderful. And if you happen to be a member of your hometown zoo & it is accredited, bring your zoo pass because you'll get in 1/2 price then. The hotel has dollar off coupons otherwise.

Visited November 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“What a pleasant surprise”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

While in Dubuque recently, a shop clerk suggested we see the River Museum and Aquarium. It was a very interesting few hours, and didn’t cost me nearly as much as the rest of the afternoon in the casino! There were many interesting things to learn about the River and river boats. There were many interactive displays and exhibits, and a really interesting section on the Amazon. There were all kinds of species of wildlife native to both regions displayed. It was very informative, and would be a great place for kids to learn about how the river works and has impacted much of our nation for hundreds of years.

Visited October 2012
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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“interesting”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Very interesting museum. Learned lots about the Mississippi River and other areas. Some good movies. Don't miss the 3 D one.

Visited October 2012
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
“Great for kids of any age”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The interactive exhibits are fascinating, especially the erosion. The kids (and I!) loved the aquariums and the "big fish". And driving a river boat in the simulator is always popular!

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