Featured Exhibits

National River Center
Now Open!

An indoor water fall greets you as you prepare to celebrate America's great rivers. The immersive RiverWays gallery invites you to enter a canal, explore a river cave; and discover the history, culture, artifacts, and people of the diverse and watery interior of the United States.

Rivers to the Sea traces the story of water and rivers as they flow from streams to rivers to the ocean. Enjoy four salt-water aquariums including our 40,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico tank holding sharks, rays, and the beautiful schooling fish found at the mouth of the Mississippi.

RiverWorks invites children of all ages to explore through hands-on, water-based activities, they learn about rivers and what rivers mean to all of us. This children's "museum within a museum" keeps its river focus, with a crawl through beaver lodge, water table and a pedal-powered water "cycle."

The Large Format 3D/4D Immersion Theater presents 3D high definition sights, and 4D special effects including dramatic sound, wind, mist, seat movement and smells of the on-screen action.


Museum & Aquarium Exhibits

There is always something happening at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium! From exciting changing exhibits to special weekend events, there's a new adventure at every turn!


Special Events

Turtles: Secrets of the Shell

Turtles: Secrets of the Shell will exhibit at the Museum & Aquarium beginning in March 2013. The exhibit includes live animal displays, audiovisual presentations, informational panels, hands-on experiential components, and educator led programs. After display at the Museum & Aquarium, key components of Turtles will travel to nature centers across Iowa. The traveling exhibit, Turtles! A Traveling Exhibit for Iowa's Environmental Learning Centers, includes educational and experiential learning activities, as well as informational panels. Turtles! will travel to at least eight nature centers in 2014, and will likely continue traveling throughout 2015.

The exhibit Turtles: Secrets of the Shell, supports the Museum & Aquarium's mission to explore life of the Mississippi River and the rivers of America and their global connections, and to research, interpret,educate, and promote the conservation of their historical and natural environment. With the opening of Turtles, we hope to draw attention to the tremendous conservation challenges faced by these animals.

Civil War Symposium


With the upcoming opening of our Civil War exhibit in April 2014, we are excited to announce our Civil War Symposium on Saturday, April 26th. Various speakers will present throughout the day on topics related to how the Civil War affected the Mississippi River and its people.

Saturday, April 26
9:00-3:30 pm
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

David Salvaterra, Loras College
Kenneth Lyftogt, University of Northern Iowa
David Connon, Independent Researcher
Terry Lindell, Wartburg College
Leo Landis, State Historical Museum of Iowa
David Brodnax, Sr., Trinity Christian College
Diane Harris
Carolyn Richards
Loras College Student Exhibitions

Admission to the Symposium is free with advanced registration. Please contact the Museum & Aquarium at 563-557-9545 ext 201 to reserve seating.

Authors and exhibitors interested in participating, please contact the Museum & Aquarium by April 11.

Funded by The Institute of Museum & Library Sciences, The A.Y. McDonald Charitable Foundation, Humanities Iowa, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Toddler Tuesday


The Museum & Aquarium offers a program for toddlers on a Tuesday of each month. The Toddler Tuesday program is for children ages 2 to 4 years old.

Each month features a new theme and fun activities, including a story and craft project too! The theme for April 22nd is "A is for Alligator!"

Cost is just $5.00 per child and FREE for the one accompanying adult or guardian (cost is for program only, regular admission not included). Advance sign-up is required. Please call 563-557-9545 ext. 212 or email mkilgore@rivermuseum.com

May Toddler Tuesday Program
"B is for Bat!"
Tuesday, May 20th

NEW! DCHS Collections now on-line!

View a portion of the collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society on-line. Follow this link to start exploring.

On-line Collections


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