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National Great Rivers Museum

#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Last Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River

The National Great Rivers Museum is located at Alton Lock and Dam #6, the last lock and dam on the... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Pat L
Florissant, Missouri
Well worth a stop!

Even before you enter the building you start to learn about the river, with a combination water... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Alton, Illinois
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#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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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....More

Thank Pat L
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...More

Thank HappyCamper0281
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
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...More

Thank Magi C
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
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...More

Thank crazyformakeup
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
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 bradp665
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...More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for eagle days, this is actually our second year here. The exhibits and special tours are great. We really enjoyed the bird show (special for eagle days). You can also go to the top do the lock during the even which is...More

Thank Shibumi365
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Pat L
2 September 2016|
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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