National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

4.5
#1 of 162 in Parks in Iowa
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We are a private, non-profit organization.

Two centers, One campus, Endless Opportunities for Adventure... Dive into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium today!

WILLIAM WOODWARD DISCOVERY CENTER offers historical exhibits plus six large aquariums that let you get “up close and personal” with river otters, alligators, giant catfish, and ancient sturgeon of the Mississippi River.

NATIONAL RIVER CENTER includes three main galleries (River Ways, Rivers to the Sea and RiverWORKS), ocean aquariums, a 4D theater, the Bowell River Library, River's Edge Cafe, and more!

For tickets and other information, visit www.rivermuseum.com.
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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Reviews
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  • We stopped here for a day trip in Iowa. The two buildings that we went through were really cool. I think my favorite part was the alligator in the bayou exhibit and touching the sting ray. It does...  more »
  • Well into our trip up the Mississippi, we thought we'd stop off here for an afternoon to get an idea of what might reside beneath the river's surface. The site is split into a few separate areas...  more »
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  • 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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