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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a museum located in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. The museum is a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which also operates the Mathias Ham Historic Site. The museum has two buildings on its riverfront campus: the Mississippi River Center and the National River Center. The museum originally opened as the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum on July 18, 1982 before being expanded and re-organized into its current form.

The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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  • Fantastic. I'm not a kid. But there's plenty of real history here The dredged out in the river was well worth seeing. The archeology stuff was good and the exhibits were all fascinating. Glad I... 
    Fantastic. I'm not a kid. But there's plenty of real history here The dredged out in the river was well worth seeing. The archeology stuff was good and the exhibits were all fascinating. Glad I...  more »
  • there was a lot to see and do in the area. Spent a couple hours at the museum. also took a tour bus ride to the funicular to the top of the city. we were here as a stop on the mississippi river trip....  more
    there was a lot to see and do in the area. Spent a couple hours at the museum. also took a tour bus ride to the funicular to the top of the city. we were here as a stop on the mississippi river trip....  more »
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  • INCREDIBLE PLACE!!! We (two people in their mid-20s) spent almost 4 hours there. With kids you could easily spend more. MANY hands-on science activities, animals to see, and PLENTY to learn about. Staff INCREDIBLY knowledgeable with questions. A FANTASTIC place to spend a morning :)
  • We loved our experience! So much to see and do for all ages. Our kids (5 and 3) had a blast. A lot of educational, interactive and live animals to enjoy. Highly recommend. We can't wait to visit again and check out the 4D theater and pet the sting rays.

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