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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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Address: 350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
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+1 800-226-3369
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture,...

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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We have been members since they opened in 2003. The staff is friendly and helpful. They know my son and I when we come in.

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7 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been members since they opened in 2003. The staff is friendly and helpful. They know my son and I when we come in.

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Thank wolflady22
Marion, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to do at the museum. Spent the entire day there. The kids had a great time, the staff was friendly and helpful. Nice place!!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great aquatic exhibits...alligator..mississippi river fish. Perfect for kids. You can also board an authentic old barge.

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Peoria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you have an interest in nature and rivers, wildlife, and history then you would enjoy this museum. Great for kids as well as adults. The aquariums very interesting and enjoyable. If you are in the area, be sure to take the time to visit. Be sure to allow at least 2 hours. The tickets are good for two consecutive... More 

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Albia, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had 2 hours to kill on Monday so we went across the street to the Mississippi River museum. Fun for entire family and very informative. I never knew much about the Mississippi but this place changed all that. New and beautiful it really tells the story of the Mississippi and the area. Worth a second look too.

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Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We seen almost all the major aquariums from the East to the West Coast and this one is right up there with the best. Interactive activitiea for the kids and beautifully maintained aquariums of all shapes and sizes. We especially loved the circular aquariums you could view and explore from all sides and the friendly knowledgeable young people supervising the... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here off season, but still it was a great experience. Have two boys 14 &18 and they both seemed to still enjoy it.

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Thank krish994
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Variety of information on th river and related ecosystems. Variety of artifacts for various areas of interest...politics, ecology,technology, economics. Hands on stuff for active Kidd.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't expect much of the museum but it pleasantly surprised us. Lots to do, fun exhibits and plenty to learn. Bring coins to feed the fish.

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Great way to spend a rainy day with small grandkids, they really enjoyed watching the many fish, the staff are very patient

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