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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Address: 350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
Phone Number:
+1 800-226-3369
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture,...

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!

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Dinosaur exhibit

Took our grandkids to the dinosaur exhibit this past year. It was fun to take the kids and see it. At the beginning of the year they had the titanic exhibit and that was... read more

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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Took our grandkids to the dinosaur exhibit this past year. It was fun to take the kids and see it. At the beginning of the year they had the titanic exhibit and that was informative and neat to see as well. They always do a good job. Kids love to run, roam and touch everything there. Lucky for us grandparents... More 

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Lancaster, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great day. We have been to the museum several times but we enjoy our visit every time. We enjoyed the latest additional the sting ray tank Great place for all ages

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was highly rated here on Trip Advisor, so we figured we'd give it a try. Admission is a little bit pricey, but the exhibits, aquariums & staff make it all worthwhile.

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Coralville
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see for all ages from animals to boats to ecology. Interactive - touch fur and fish, activate flood events, climb aboard a ship. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. They have a live animal show once per day but they don't mix it up (it's been an armadillo for quite a while and it's not much of a "show").

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I Love bringing my Grands here. We always have so much fun and make memories. Its a great way to spend a day.

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Knoxville, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Going to the National Mississippi River Museum & aquarium was the highlight of our trip with our three and a half year old great grandson. We enjoyed everything but being able to pet the Stingrays was fabulous! We love the alligator and tortoise! We will go back!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No matter what age the Nat. Mississippi River Museum is a delightful place to visit. There are exhibits for all ages. If you like interactive exhibits, there are plenty. If you like to read and learn, there are those exhibits too. There are movies available too, plus hands-on discovery are, and many aquariums. There are 2 big buildings full of... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fun place Iowans should be proud of! Our group ranged in age from 22 months to 84 years and there was something for everyone. We got admission as part of a package deal with Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark about a block away (across a parking lot). Even so admission is reasonable $15 adults for a two day... More 

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Thank IowaTravelFan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all the staff at the museum are wonderful, very courteous and welcoming, I cant say enough about them. The 3D show was very interesting and the museum is quite nice. Half a day without the film is enough time to view the museum. The fact that they allow you to visit the museum over 2 days for the... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum and aquarium. You can learn a lot about life on te river and the paddle wheelers.

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