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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

#2 of 67 things to do in Dubuque Features Animals
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Expensive

Quite small. 30 dollars for 2 people. Pretty expensive for about 30 min to go through it. Will not... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
lilhornet
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Romeoville, Illinois
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Nice and relaxing

Very cool place. Fun to look at what's below the river. Didn't do the movies, just general... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
sjvillarreal5
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Moberly, Missouri
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
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+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Quite small. 30 dollars for 2 people. Pretty expensive for about 30 min to go through it. Will not return .More

Thank lilhornet
MuseumGeekJohn, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2016

lilhornet, It seems like we failed to impress you. Give us another chance? I'll take care of the tickets! I am surprised you only spent a half hour at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. With over 12 aquariums, 2 buildings, 6 theaters, live...More

Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Very cool place. Fun to look at what's below the river. Didn't do the movies, just general admission. If you've got time, take the tour through the old steam boat.

Thank sjvillarreal5
Reviewed 3 July 2016

A great learning experience for our adult group and would be wonderful for kids. Lots of hands-on activities. Aquariums were great but we really enjoyed the steamboating section. Lots of places to sit and rest if needed and several short free movies available. Two gift...More

Thank Jewelboxx1961
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Went here with little children and they were entertained, interested for hours with the dinosaur, animal and aquarium exhibits. Very educational and enjoyable for adults too. It wasn't too crowded, lot to do and see. Very nice building that seems to always be updating to...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Was an ok time. Had two short films that were decent. Needed more fish, one exhibit had nothing in it. Need more for the price!

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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Adore this place. They have beavers! And so many amazing fishies. I always see people of many different ages having a blast.

Thank Charlotte S
RiverMuseumDBQ, Marketing at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

Hi Charlotte, thanks for your review! We actually do not have beavers on exhibit but have a variety of other equally amazing animals - river otters, snapping turtles, an alligator, waterfowl, eagles, and more! And of course the amazing fishes.

Reviewed 30 June 2016

We have seen this museum expand over time and it well worth a visit. Great exhibits about the Mississippi watershed, the river and marine life therein. They currently have an exhibit on dinosaurs which is well done. They also have outdoor exhibits.and an extensive gift...More

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Very well maintained and interactive museum! Our whole family enjoyed all aspects. The displays are very well done and explained the history clearly. Overall, it's an entertaining stop!

Thank Alecia J
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Spent most of a day at the museum, many hands on exhibits, something for all ages. We enjoyed the movie about life on a barge something that we have always wondered about.

Thank marypJ7790TR
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We were there for about 2 hours with our 7 and 8 year old and could have been there a few more. The man making the metal tools was excellant and answered all the questions we had. Hope to return so we can see what...More

Thank JenH_10
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Tolkienfreak
What does it Cost?
11 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
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Megan T
How much time does it typically take to explore the museum?
6 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.
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CSchoeberl
What is cost to get in
17 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!
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