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National Great Rivers Museum

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Address: #2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
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+1 636-899-2600
09:00 - 17:00
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Great place to spend an hour or two along the Great River Road

A nice museum that educates visitors about the Mississippi River, history of the river, its importance as a transportation route, and the flora and fauna in the area. There is an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

A nice museum that educates visitors about the Mississippi River, history of the river, its importance as a transportation route, and the flora and fauna in the area. There is an informative movie about the bald eagles that overwinter in the area and a one-hour tour of the locks and dam. Most fun for me was the simulator that gives... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The National Great Rivers Museum is located at Alton Lock and Dam #6, the last lock and dam on the Mississippi River. It's modern interior features the fish and wildlife that live in that part of the river and there is an excellent barge exhibit. Informative films are shown in its theater. Free tours of the lock and dam are... More 

Thank Tobaccopat
Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Even before you enter the building you start to learn about the river, with a combination water feature and 3-D map that you can splash in. Inside are excellent displays that teach about the Mississippi River, the building of the lock and dam system, why they are important to our national economy, life on the river and my personal favorite,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are interested in history of the dam. I recommend visiting the National Great River Museum. There are several spots that tell you the making of the dam.

Thank Tammy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I was surprised the first time I went here. There are many interactive displays that challenge your mind and teach at the same time. I love the huge map of the area where you can find all the places you want to go to and their relationship to the river. The guys especially love trying to pilot a riverboat at... More 

Thank Magi C
New Haven, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Plan on spending a couple of hours when at this Museum. Between the tour, movies and exhibits, you receive a lot of information about the lock and dam system on the Mississippi. It also helps that the Museum employees/tour guides are very friendly.

Thank Tim O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. The exhibits contain information and interactive displays on everything from flora and fauna of the Mississippi River, life through history of the Mississippi to engineers in of locks and dams. Also fun activities for children. Plus we were able to walk out and view one of the locks with Charlie our tour guide. Unfortunate the elevator was under... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Interesting museum -- it explains nicely about barges and riverboats. But also you can take a tour of the locks and dam. REALLY interesting to see!

Thank Julie W
East Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Very interesting and a great educational place to take kids and youth groups. Have stopped there with Cub Scout and Boy Scout groups. Even stopped during a bike hike on the levee.

Thank Brad P
Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We've been here before; this time it was way too WINDY for us to go up on top to see any barges in the locks, but when we were there before we had a great tour; it was very informative and interesting. There were also enough exhibits and interactive things to keep two young boys interested for about an hour... More 

Thank Linda A

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