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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Features Animals
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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water animals

This was an easy visit with a wheelchair a lot of places in Dubuque are not really ADA for the most... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Alice D
Des Plaines, Illinois
Amazing views and interactive knowledge

We went there as a family and it was great. The touch pool with the rays are a must do and of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jonelle R
Pretoria, South Africa
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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
350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302
+1 800-226-3369
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Reviewed yesterday

This was an easy visit with a wheelchair a lot of places in Dubuque are not really ADA for the most part due to the city being so old

Thank Alice D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went there as a family and it was great. The touch pool with the rays are a must do and of course getting to see all the animals that inhabit the region is amazing. Young kids will enjoy it and also learn a lot...More

Thank Jonelle R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this attraction ! You can easily spend an entire day here. Wonderful staff and nice cafe. Well worth the trip!

Thank ToriaVM
Reviewed 5 days ago

As a couple we didn't think it would be really interesting, but it was! So for families, it is great due to all the interesting things to see and do. It has two buildings, so we went to one the first day and went to...More

Thank Tina W
Reviewed 5 days ago

This very large facility is located right on the Riverwalk and is very accessible. Judging by our fellow attendees who ranged from tiny children to Octogenarians, it appeals to a wide range of folks. You could spend hours here looking at the various exhibits of...More

Thank abhumphrey
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not having been raised in Iowa I knew very little of the history of the great Mississippi River. We were two adults, saw many children enjoying the displays. My takeaway was how much modern man has changed the natural ways of a majestic powerful water...More

Thank DizeeDM
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been a year since our last visit, and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium keeps getting better. If you are within 2 hours of Dubuque, you owe to yourself and family to day trip here. The NMRMA are first class exhibits and hands...More

Thank goose3nbc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited one afternoon. This is more museum than aquarium, although there are two touch tanks that children (and adults) may like. A nice museum with movies (that cost extra) - we did not see the movies so cannot comment on quality. Nice flow to the...More

Thank finegael
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great aquarium for the kids. It is big, and really well laid out, with many hands on activities for the kids (touch a ray, go into an old steam dredge boat, pretend to be on board an old steamer...). Definitely a must if you are...More

Thank Africa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best to go during pleasant outdoor weather as some of the attractions are located outdoors and may be inaccessible during rain or a Midwestern winter.

Thank Tim K
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Questions & Answers
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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