National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

4.5
#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).
See National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and all Dubuque has to offer by arranging your trip with our Dubuque holiday builder.
Source
Create an itinerary including National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,557 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • WoW!! will be the word that will come out of you once you visit this place. The aquarium animals are very interactive and happy to pose for photos.The robot zoo is something every age will enjoy, we.....  more »
  • My husband and I spent a few hours at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and really enjoyed everything there was to see there. It wasn't difficult to maintain social distancing from...  more »
Google
  • 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!

Plan your trip to Dubuque

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Dubuque

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
3.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Dubuque

4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Dubuque

4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Dubuque

4.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Casinos in Dubuque

4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Dubuque

2.1
Duration: 2 hours