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National Great Rivers Museum

#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Wonderful Museum & Lock & Dam Tour

This was my second trip to the museum. It's a wonderful museum with nice exhibits for all ages... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
Christine G
,
Saint Louis, Missouri
Very Interesting

What an interesting & informative experience. Very well done. Would recommend to all ages. Did not... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Seesue66
,
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
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+1 636-899-2600
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

This was my second trip to the museum. It's a wonderful museum with nice exhibits for all ages. They even have a simulator to try to drive a tug boat down the Mississippi River. I crashed each time. The museum is free, and offers a...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

What an interesting & informative experience. Very well done. Would recommend to all ages. Did not take tour, but the movie was excellent.

Thank Seesue66
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

I did not expect this Museum to be as interesting as it was. All of the exhibits are interesting and educational. Be sure to take a free tour of the nearby Melvin Price Lock and Dam.

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

Very educational and entertaining experience. Some hands-on displays and a great gift shop that has a lot for kids as well as a good selection of books on the area. The walk along the dam itself has to be done with a guide. We missed...More

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The museum is very informative and interesting. There is a lot of facts about the river that I had no idea about. Definitely a great stop to take the family.

Thank jimmy w
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

educational for young and old - go outside and watch the lock and dam. Birding outside is great. very informative. special interest Eagles

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

It was very educational for my family and grandchildren. Excellent experience. The support staff was professional and courteous.

Thank Paul L
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

A great stopping place that offered free touring. Well organized, easy to tour, so informative. Great for kids and all ages. The Mississippi River is so very important to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, too many of us are totally unaware of its importance and the...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This is an excellent museum that provides an excellent overview of how important the river is to our daily lives, along with a bit of river history. Interactive displays for kids. We spent well over an hour in the museum itself. There is also a...More

1  Thank Doug G
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

My wife and I have visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, and the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois, so I think we have a pretty good understanding of the people, nature and wildlife that have shaped the Mississippi...More

Thank Taylor B
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Response from Magi C | Reviewed this property |
Actually you can drive to the confluence from The museum. You have to go north on Route 3 then take a left and The big intersection, Rt 3 and Rt 143, onto the Berm Highway. Take that highway to the bridge that crosses the... More
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