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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 563-557-9545
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Wonderful destination for any age.

I visited for the second time with my 3 and 5 year old grandchildren. They are very interested in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Grama1234
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Washington, Iowa
Great Activity, Fun and Educational Enviroment

Hands down one of the best activities in the city of Dubuque, I got a yearly pass for my family and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
meetjuliomedina
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive! Our 14-acre campus on the banks of the Mississippi River features two separate two-story buildings and an expansive outdoor plaza. The Museum & Aquarium is home to over 100 species of animals and thousands of historic artifacts. With so much to see and do, there's always a chance to #ExploreSomethingNew
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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited for the second time with my 3 and 5 year old grandchildren. They are very interested in wildlife and were eager to see and learn. It takes several hours to see and do it all. Well worth admission. The food provided while good,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down one of the best activities in the city of Dubuque, I got a yearly pass for my family and I suggest the same for families with young children. It’s a really fun environment and educational. The staff is friendly, the location and setting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Mississippi River Museum is a delightful surprise with highly interactive presentations displayed with creativity to capture the interest and enthusiasm of the most high strung child. Like the river itself, there is a surprise around every corner with couples experiences that place the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly there was not that much in this museum. We watched the short film and read everything. Saw what fish etc that were in site. Walked around the outskirts and looked at boats.More

Thank Tyke555
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry your experience did not live up to your expectations. I'm worried you may have missed parts of our campus. Were you able to get to both buildings and the outdoor space between them? It sounds like you may...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative and some hands on. I got to pet sting rays, learned alot about river history, got face to face with a gator, great place to bring kids or grand kids.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all! Part aquarium, part IMAX theater, part science center, part history museum and more. Plan to spend the entire day and if you are from out of town check your memberships from your local zoos or museums for possible discounts. Admission...More

Thank familytravel214
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this! Great hands on experiences for children, and interesting facts and exhibits for adults. We spent almost 3 hours here strolling among the buildings. Lots to do and see. Highly recommend. Good exhibit on the future of our waterways will make you think twice...More

Thank Liz K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Milwaukee on business and drove all the way over here to check it out. Great turtle exhibit, very interesting information about the Mississippi river itself. I learned a ton. Recommended for: families (lots of interactive things for children), fans of rivers (especially...More

Thank LilyRedant
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had SO. MUCH. FUN. here. I would definitely plan on spending a good chunk of the day here. Our four year old loves all things aquarium and the adults really enjoyed touring the dredge. If you can, plan to do the sting ray feeding...More

Thank Michelle102012
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took the grandkids there and we spent most of the day there. There was so much to do and see, the 4D movie was one of their favorites and petting the Stingrays. They talked about the museum and aquarium numerous times since then. it...More

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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Tolkienfreak
12 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
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Megan T
7 March 2017|
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Response from MuseumGeekJohn | Property representative |
Three to four hours should be enough, but you may want to stay longer, Your ticket is good for two consecutive days.
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CSchoeberl
18 June 2016|
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Response from Syurkus | Reviewed this property |
You also can use the admission for 2 days in a row
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