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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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"A Real River Rivalry Tri-State Destination!"

Plans to visit this place should include the possibility of taking it into a day and half trip! So... read more

Reviewed today
Racine, Wisconsin
via mobile
The river stories told as you walk through the exhibits.

Plan ahead if you want to go and watch the movies. Admission was $16.00 per adult and $4.00 for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Becky W
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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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!
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed today via mobile

Plans to visit this place should include the possibility of taking it into a day and half trip! So many things are here for you and your group to explore! Everyone has something special to experience for sure! Such a fascinating and wonderful opportunity to...More

Thank legacyendeavors
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Plan ahead if you want to go and watch the movies. Admission was $16.00 per adult and $4.00 for each movie separately or $6.00 if you got both. But timing is everything. The movie times were 11, and 3 and the other one was 12...More

1  Thank Becky W
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great place tons of info and interactive things! Absolutely wonderful for kids!. Petting the stingrays was interesting. The Docents are wonderful!

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our afternoon at the aquarium. It was very well presented, and very well-kept. It was a great day to spend a chili afternoon. Our grandkids all loved it, it was relaxing and informative for the parents.

Thank Sherlock1958
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fun museum for kids, we spent four hours on a rainy afternoon. Super interactive exhibits. Our kids spent tons of time on the old dredge boat checking out the galley and sleeping quarters.

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked this museum a lot. It's divided into three parts - the Mississippi River, steamboats, and US rivers. All very interesting, very nicely done, good for families, and even the lunch was good.

Thank Peggy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The River Museum is highly recommended. Everything from large tanks with fish or alligators to topographical maps to piloting a barge (simulated) or even climbing around an old riverboat, this place is a hoot.

Thank pixeltickler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’re originally from AZ. We’re temporarily in IA. I searched this site for things to do near me and come across the National Mississippi River Museum. It’s not from far where are staying (less than 2hrs) and it was worth the drive. There are two...More

Thank MrsLCDiaz1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

‘‘This has something for every age—from grandma to a six-year old. All exhibits give you a great education about the Mississippi and its “inhabitants” — an understanding of barge traffic included. You can stop for a snack, and then go on for hours, or come...More

Thank wihake
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place but needs to switch things up more often always feels like the same experience we are year round members and the place does not seem to change

Thank Ryan W
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12 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
Megan T
7 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.
18 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!