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“Lots to see”

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 68 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!
Reviewed December 26, 2013

A very big museum. Initially there wasn't as much to see there, but now there is enough to keep you busy for hours and hours, especially if you go when it is warm and you can enjoy all the outside exhibits as well. Great for kid and adults. Check to see what special events are happening. My son got to "pet" a snake here during a special show on snakes.
There is a large watery area for kids to play, as well as 4D movies that are pretty good and short enough for kids to sit through.
It is ok if you can't see it all in one day, they let you in for free the next day.

Thank ArenJo
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RiverMuseumDBQ, marketing at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Thanks for visiting! And thanks for the tip on special events! We have events planned all year round - Ice Fest is coming up January 11-20. And our Feature Creature programs (where your son got to pet a snake) happen every weekend day during the winter and almost every day when we switch back to summer hours Memorial Day weekend.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Please take the time and spend the money for this memory making experience! You will learn so much and enjoy the peace of mind that you gain after spending a few hours just sharing, learning and having fun.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

There are so many sections you could easily spend all day here.

The hands-on kids sections is cool, don't let the kids have all the fun!

There's a lot of history here and the Mississippi River has a great story to tell.

1  Thank ThePackedBag
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The museum was excellent, lots to see and do and I am sure even more in the summer. The staff were excellent, VERY knowledgeable. The beavers were awesome, though I did think the turtle exhibit was a little overrated.

They had a really cool octopus, which changed colour, and the lady that knew about that was super knowledgeable too.

All in all a great day out, if a little on the expensive side. $5 less per kid or even per person would bring it in at a better price point.

Thank GordyTraveller
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Both buildings of the River Museum are worth the money. They have many, many animals to see at both, plus lots of other interactive rooms. The beavers interact with people often and are hilarious...my family's favorite part every time!

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