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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Features Animals
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Well done museum

Lots of river history in comprehensive exhibits. Aquarium with some river fish. Touch pool with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
via mobile
Full day! Lots to see!

Wow, what an amazing place to visit. Unfortunately it was raining the day we came and were unable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tammy M
Greeley, Colorado, United States
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of river history in comprehensive exhibits. Aquarium with some river fish. Touch pool with sting rays (we didn’t understand the relationship of sting rays to the Mississippi!). Films to watch. Some outdoor exhibits. 2 main buildings to experience.

Thank slorettao
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, what an amazing place to visit. Unfortunately it was raining the day we came and were unable (really unwilling to run in the rain) to tour the outside boats and exhibits. Highly recommend this for kids of all ages!

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited while on the Twilight River Boat Cruise. Like a lot of Museums there is more to see than we had time for. It is very informative about the importance of the river in todays world. Also about the history of the area and...More

Thank 47mike60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited as part of a tour of USA ... great museum that covered all of the social and ecological aspects of the Mississippi and Dubuque and some of the 4D film shows were worth viewing. Staff were very friendly and helpful but the cafe...More

1  Thank heike0range
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very extensive history of rivers, especially the Mississippi River. A number of special hands-on exhibits for younger children. We did not view the films. Admission somewhat pricey.

Thank MBK458
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another informative visit, learn something every time Staff friendly and a great exhibit of all things relating to the waterway throughout history Great references to native and non native marine animals

Thank Wbgb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was a nice place to spend the day. It was informative about the Mississippi River culture. Also, the staff was SUPER nice and helpful.

1  Thank Poster11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came up for our anniversary and had a wonderful time here. We got to touch stingrays, hold crayfish, and participate in the Monster Fish exhibit. Very clean and fun, we will definitely be back!

Thank Erin M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss the National Mississippi River Museum. It is loaded with interactive exhibits that will interest all ages. Pet a stingray, check out the 57 year old alligator and learn about Mark Twain. Did you know that 31 states contribute water to this magnificent river?...More

Thank odyssey2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an easy visit with a wheelchair a lot of places in Dubuque are not really ADA for the most part due to the city being so old

Thank Alice D
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

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

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Questions & Answers
12 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
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.
18 June 2016|
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Response from Nicole0611 | Reviewed this property |
I go not recall exactly but there were multiple prices based on seeing the movie they offer or just reviewing the museum. I think about $15. Enjoy!