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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

#1 of 68 things to do in Dubuque Features Animals
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Wonderful Museum!

This museum is beautiful and offers many different attractions. From live animals, fish, and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Carrie N
Shared the experience with Combat Veterans

The American Legion Dubuque Post #6 welcomes in many veterans over the year, and the Warrior... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert F
Dubuque, Iowa
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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our the Mississippi and all our nation's rivers through dynamic exhibits and twelve large aquariums housed in two main centers. The impressive 14-acre riverfront campus includes a connecting plaza, a 3D/4D theater, boatyard, on-site dining options, and more! DIVE IN for a visit to the Museum & Aquarium, where fun & learning flow together!
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is beautiful and offers many different attractions. From live animals, fish, and reptiles to water play, 4D movies, and special exhibits, there is something for everyone. There is a nice outdoor area, as well as two large buildings. They rotate special exhibits. I...More

Thank Carrie N
Reviewed 2 days ago

The American Legion Dubuque Post #6 welcomes in many veterans over the year, and the Warrior Expedition team this year was three female combat Veterans that paddling down the entire length of the Mississippi River. Post #6 thought it was appropriate for them to see...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great place for kids off all ages. There is plenty to do though some of it at additional cost. It's a bit pricey if you are only planning to stay a couple hours but worth it for a day trip. Nice addition...More

Thank kabchapman
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to spend time. It is conveniently located in the port and there is lots of parking. The aquariums and exhibits were very interesting. Would definitely return!

Thank Beckie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's something here for everyone. I spent five hours there today and still didn't see everything. They have 4D movies, interactive exhibits, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, stingray "petting", boatyard, riverboat history and models, kids' zone, great gift shops... I loved it!!!

Thank V5015ZIchristinef
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have not been to an aquarium in many years. This is a combination of the history of the Mississippi River, it's developement and many displays of the history of the river boats, many of which were interactive. Great stop for bothe...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely one of the nicest aquariums I have been to and I have been to quite a few. We skipped the additional stuff as we were pressed for time. Very nice interactive displays and the facility was very clean and also well laid out. Seems...More

Thank jmmye
Reviewed 1 week ago

You could definitely spend a whole day here Good for all ages. Hands on activities. People are friendly. Inside and out activities to explore. Great Gift Shop. We even took a membership to come more frequently and we live 2 hours away. A must in...More

Thank slsteward
Reviewed 1 week ago

Do you have kids with lots of energy? Want them to run around, have fun, and learn at the same time? Here's the place for ya! You can easily spend 2-6 hours here depending on your kids' attention span. Our 2 yr old and 7...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok the good, great historical displays of the river and transport system, staff is knowledgeable and friendly, lots of room to see all the exhibits and displays. The challenging parents that cannot control children that should not be allowed in their own yard. The sea...More

Thank Matthew G
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11 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
Megan T
6 March 2017|
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Response from MuseumGeekJohn | Property representative |
Three to four hours should be enough, but you may want to stay longer, Your ticket is good for two consecutive days.
17 June 2016|
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Response from Nicole0611 | Reviewed this property |
I go not recall exactly but there were multiple prices based on seeing the movie they offer or just reviewing the museum. I think about $15. Enjoy!

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