National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

#1 of 162 in Parks in Iowa
Must see · Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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, with two centers on the riverfront campus: the Mississippi River Center and the National River Center. The museum originally opened as the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum in 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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  • As a conservation education center, this is pretty cool. The river museum has an interesting collection of facts and artifacts. I loved the collection of garbage retrieved from the river. As an...  more »
  • This is a wonderful museum/aquarium that takes up quite a bit of space on the Dubuque riverfront. We spent about 4 hours there, including touring the dredge, and we could have spent longer. The...  more »
  • A wonderful and informative place. I actually regret not being able to spend more time at this place. I would say reserve at least 3 hours to be able to fully explore the place. Special mention of the wonderful and helpful staff at this place. The aquarium exhibits are nice and so is the museum part of the place. My kid enjoyed the play area explaining the river system and also the special fairy tales area. We also got to see the cute baby shark!! Would highly recommend visiting this wonderful, fun and informative place.
  • Great attraction for the family! My kids loved the sting ray exhibit. They watched as they were fed and you can feed them yourself for a fee. The museum offers river life and ocean life exhibits and has a large riverboat to tour. They also have two cafeterias and a movie theater. There are many hands on exhibits, and it is educational!

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