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, 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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  • This museum has something for people of all ages, and I can't say enough about it. Our visit with our grandson (7) was so good that we ended up spending two days there and stayed until closing both... 
    This museum has something for people of all ages, and I can't say enough about it. Our visit with our grandson (7) was so good that we ended up spending two days there and stayed until closing both...  more »
  • Simply Relaxing. There is a lot of history and information you will learn about this place. It is very relaxing. Me and my family had a good time. Thank you to joe for making all of us laugh 
    Simply Relaxing. There is a lot of history and information you will learn about this place. It is very relaxing. Me and my family had a good time. Thank you to joe for making all of us laugh  more »
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  • Fun for the whole family great place buy the year pass saves money for Multiple trips. There's another larger building where you can feed the stingrays. New exhibit featuring otters! Huge aquariums great hands activities & educational fun. They have a huge metal workshop that was used to build boat engines over a 100 years old that still works. They have a craft room featuring 3-D printers
  • In the Smithsonian system this museum is top quality. A real steamer dredge is available to walk through. Lots of Mississippi fish in large aquariums. There are many excellent historical displays highlighting the indigenous people of the area and their ways of life. There is also an area with rotating Smithsonian system exhibits that rotate in and out. They also have outdoor areas with native wildlife such as otters and turtles. There is something here for everyone. Good stuff.

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