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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.
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!
The William Woodward Discovery Center is home to six large aquariums filled with river creatures including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, frogs, turtles and more!
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Carver Wet Lab
Let our educators introduce you to freshwater mussels, snails and crawfish in the touch tank. Examine fur pelts and explore many other hands-on activities.
National Rivers Hall of Fame
Capture the drama of river people who discovered, lived upon and celebrated the waterways of the United States.
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Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum celebrates the history of riverboats on the Mississippi through interactive exhibits and historic artifacts.
Explore the natural habitat of the Mississippi on a boardwalk trail. Discover natural and living history outposts including a Native American wikiup and a restored fur-trader's log cabin.
Learn about the Mississippi's past, present and future through interactive exhibits. Pilot a barge, experience a flood's devastation, and follow a 92-foot map of the river beneath your feet.
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Spy on the river otters, diving ducks, frogs, snakes and birds of America's most famous river. Spot bald eagles, great blue herons and turtles outside in the wetland.
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Extend your stay and visit the Mathias Ham House, an elegant pre-Civil War mansion, the Old Jail Museum, and the grand Victorian Ryan House home.
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W. M. Black
This national landmark vessel was once a working dredge boat used during WWII on the Missouri River. Walk the decks of this 1934 Steamer and tour its engine room and pilothouse.
Food & Beverage Options
Relax and enjoy a delicious lunch or snack in one of two food & beverage options. Dine indoors or on our riverside patio at the River's Edge Café in the National River Center or enjoy an afternoon snack next to an open air aquarium in the Mississippi River Center.
Pfohl Family Boatyard
Tour the Logsdon towboat, see huge steamboat artifacts, and visit a recreated historic blacksmith shop. The floating dock features a the towboat "Maude," a boat house, and a children's play area.
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.
The Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has paired with the Dubuque Toys for Tots for a special offer! Bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation and receive $5.00 off your admission as well as a FREE ticket to a 3D/4D movie! If you don't have a toy, one can be purchased at our Museum Store!One discount per person, per toy. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
We are open on Tuesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
We are CLOSED Wednesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. We reopen for our regular hours on Dec. 26.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Dec. 30 & 31
Since your kids will be on winter break from school soon, the education staff at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium have planned a Winter Break Day Camp to help keep them busy on their days off!
Winter Break Day Camp is for students in kindergarten through the 5th grade. It takes place on Dec. 30 & 31. Each day has its own theme and includes hands-on activities, games, snacks,and more!
Register for one day or both. You must register by December 23 in order to attend any of the Winter Break Day Camp sessions.
For more information, contact 563-557-9545 ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULL DAY, 9AM to 3:30PM
-$20 per student (member rate)
-$35 per student (non-member rate)
-AM and PM snack is provided
-Student is responsible for sack lunch
HALF DAY, 9AM to NOON
-$10 per student (member rate)
-$15 per student (non-member rate)
-AM snack is provided