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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

#1 of 67 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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Aquariums!

There was too much to see here for the time we had, but we saw all the aquariums and watched a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Laura V
,
Como, Colorado
Reunion Visit

We enjoyed the museum! The interactive nature of many of the displays, river models and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bob S
,
Stoughton, Wisconsin
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
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+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There was too much to see here for the time we had, but we saw all the aquariums and watched a short film about dinosaurs. We really enjoyed the visit. The gift shop has a nice selection.

Thank Laura V
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed the museum! The interactive nature of many of the displays, river models and the portraits of “river people” were appreciated. The river’s historic development time line was very well done and interesting as were various presentations on the various boats and the machine...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great museum and aquarium in Dubuque. The exhibits are nicely done, with informative and lovely exhibits throughout. The aquariums throughout are clean and well kept, and the animals visible in most of the exhibits. Our family favorites were the salt water tank...More

1  Thank AKRoy
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You will know everything you could ever want to know about the Mississippi River, paddle boats and fish in the area after your visit. The site is very child friendly and interactive. We were there on a Wednesday and the crowd was light. It was...More

Thank Annette R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have a 2 yr old an 11 yr old and they both had so much fun here. It cost us $37 to get in (2yr old was free). I don't think the price was bad especially with all the stuff to see and do....More

Thank CG932
Reviewed 6 days ago

Plenty to see and learn. The new "Monster Fish" exhibit is $5 extra and worth every nickel! Saw 6 full size models of monster fish from around the world.

Thank realdesertfox
Reviewed 1 week ago

We expected to stay maybe a hour or so, but we were there 3 hours, and could have stayed longer. One of the great small Museums of the US. On a par with the Anchorage Museum in telling the story of the area, its history,...More

Thank john P
Management response:Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback, John. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The River Museum is very fun and educational for all kids and adults and it is very fun and interesting to see history and to learn about the creatures. You can even pet stingrays which is really cool, and theres also a large amount of...More

Thank Kylee123486
Management response:Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent an afternoon here while visiting Dubuque. It was well done and informative. There were some really nice hands on exhibits for smaller kids. We did not take in the add on films due to time constraints

Thank Lynn_from_WI
Management response:Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A trip to Wisconsin brought me down to this museum. Although it was pricey- I really enjoyed it! There was so much to see and explore! A lot of hands on options for both kids and adults! The new sting ray exhibit was great too!...More

1  Thank kerri9888
Management response:Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Tolkienfreak
11 June 2017|
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Response from billyv7163 | Reviewed this property |
For the wife and I it was $32 without the movie
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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.
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CSchoeberl
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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