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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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Neat museum & aquarium

On a snowy April day we decided to go here. It’s a combination of a museum and aquarium. But don’t... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Monique G
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Something to do

Interesting place. I’m glad we found it as there was not much open or to do over the 4th of July... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gdmort
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 yesterday via mobile

On a snowy April day we decided to go here. It’s a combination of a museum and aquarium. But don’t expect a huge aquarium. It’s a neat experience. You can pet the stingrays. It was relatively quiet, and staff took their time to explain. It...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting place. I’m glad we found it as there was not much open or to do over the 4th of July week in Dubuque. Liked the environmental exhibits-and the historical info about the River. They have done a teal nice job with the exhibits. A...More

Thank gdmort
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in March with our family. Our kids loved the animals and the aquarium. Petting the stingrays was a neat experience. There were interactive activities and the guy with the crayfish was interesting and informative. One drawback was the cold weather; there were lots of...More

Thank Anne O
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Come see us again when the weather is nicer, there is a lot more to explore.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place wasn't too big or small, had just the right balance of indoor and outdoor activities, great mixture of educational, fun, and interactive. Loved the repurposing of the old boatyard!

Thank Katie M
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 10 and 8 year old sons here and we spent several hours at the museum. It is a very well put together museum with a lot of information. There are several options of tickets you can purchase for admission. We did the...More

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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again soon! If you live in the area we have great membership rates that include unlimited visits for a year. You can learn more at rivermuseum.com/membership

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hands-on, interactive museum has something for everyone: history buffs, ecologists, locals and visitors from afar. This is great for kids and adults, you can touch a number of fish and aquatic creatures and other interactive activities for kids of all ages. It is sophisticated...More

Thank Ken C
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your feedback, Ken. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a few times with my family.Younger children 3 and under may get bored after awhile so take a stroller.There are things for kids and adults both here at the musuem.Educational and fun.It is better to go during warmer months to enjoy outside exhibits.You...More

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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you have enjoyed your visits and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were done in 90 minutes, so I feel like it was a little expensive for the time spent there. There were not a lot of animals besides fish to see. My son was disappointed we couldn’t go on the big boat. We were not...More

Thank Kate N
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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Kate. Thank you for your feedback. I apologize that you were not given a map or explanation of what you can all see, and I fear you may have missed a large part of our campus. Admission includes access to two different buildings and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is nice. The price is reasonable. The exhibits going on while we were there were good, but the ones coming in Spring look much better. I bet when the weather is nice it’s a great way to spend a day. When it’s cold,...More

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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come see us again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a well-done museum and aquarium. So much to learn about the Mississippi River and water life. There is a great selection of creatures to see and short little videos to enjoy.

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Andrew B, Public Relations Manager at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come see us again soon!

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Tolkienfreak
12 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
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.
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CSchoeberl
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!
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