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“Nice museum”

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!
Naperville, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This museum focuses on river marine life. There was lots of turtles, an alligator, steamboat exhibits and a ship building room. Very enjoyable. Loved that we walked between 2 buildings. One more aquarium and the other more museum.

Visited October 2013
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Decatur, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“MUST SEE”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an awesome museum and Aquarium. Very educational, clean and fun. First time I saw the face of a stingray up close and personally. They're kind of cute, like little ghost with teeth. It is well worth the price of a ticket. Loved it.

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Compress years on the River into a few hours.”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

I grew up on the Mississippi, Have operated my own small craft on every inch from St, Paul to New Orleans, Hunted. Fished. I STILL LEARNED FROM THIS MUSEUM. Just there with grand-kids. They love it.

Visited October 2013
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Hartford, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“this is a destination”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Wonderful. Admission allows 2 days, go early, you may want to come back again the next day. Not just river lore, we were fascinated by the huge fresh and salt water aquariums plus the otters and beavers. Current special exhibit has amazing turtle from all over the world-don't miss this!

Visited October 2013
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Iowa City, Iowa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Love Going Here”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Love going here. Really well done, great diversity of exhibits and animals. Make sure you hit all buildings! There's so much to see.

Visited May 2013
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