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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
Phone Number: +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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A real gem

Arrived in November rain for a couple days of meetings at museum. Absolutely amazed at the displays and the beautiful space . The aquarium is clean , well maintained, and expertly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Mapleton, Minnesota
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Mapleton, Minnesota
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived in November rain for a couple days of meetings at museum. Absolutely amazed at the displays and the beautiful space . The aquarium is clean , well maintained, and expertly laid out . Appropriate for all ages.

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Sturgeon Bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved everything here, the theatre to watch in 3 D , the aquariums with interactive discoveries. Like petting the stingrays. The alligator I could have watched for hours. And guides that were freindly and informative.

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Spencer, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heard about this from a board book called "Goodnight Iowa" and decided to check it out. This is a great museum! We spent half a day there and wished we would have had more time. Enjoyed a 3D movie, the tour of the dredge boat, the many exhibits and the aquarium. Iowa and Dubuque should be very proud of this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed exploring the two buildings and the courtyard at the National Mississippi River Museum. There is so much to see and learn at this one of a kind museum. Exhibits are very well done and the staff/docents are very willing to answer any questions. Also, enjoyed finding unique items in the gift shops. Great way to spend an afternoon!

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is located right on the Mississippi River and encompasses two buildings as well as outdoor exhibits and a dredge boat. The exhibits are very interesting explaining about the history of the river and how it was used for commerce as well as personal travel. There are various species of fish in aquariums throughout the museum that are found... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family spent 3 hours here on a Saturday afternoon. (3 boys ages 10, 8 and 3)....There is a lot to explore and learn here. We especially liked being able to touch the stingrays, watching the alligator, touring the William Black boat, and the kids play area.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After seeing the museum in Vicksburg, this is 10X bigger and better. Just wish we had more time to view it all

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Thank USA35805
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Well-worth a visit (especially for kids). The two 3-D movies were OK, but my husband and I did not appreciate being sprinkled with "rain" several times. Again, I am sure kids enjoy it along with vibrating chairs and fog. The history of the site was interesting...never knew boats were built in Dubuque. Buildings and site were well maintained and clean.... More 

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MuseumGeekJohn, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this review

Please tell me more about why this was your last visit to the Museum & Aquarium? Was it just the 4D effects in the theater, or was there something else that we should be aware of? John More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

A fabulous museum for an excellent price. You could spend all day here for the $15 adult admission price--actually you get 2 days admission for this price. Very interesting exhibits about the histories and importance of rivers, a large variety of river species (and a few non river species), a couple of nice gift shops, a great children's play area,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I loved this place! I wasn't really sure what to expect, and I was so thrilled we went. It is a wonderful museum, beautifully done. It is clean, interactive and fun. They recently added a stingray exhibit, and you can even touch the stingrays. Super Cool! The aquarium is incredible. For a museum, it was far more than I expected.... More 

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