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National Great Rivers Museum, Alton

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4.7/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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  • Even before you enter the building you start to learn about the river, with a combination water feature and 3-D map that you can splash in. Inside are excellent displays that teach about the Mississip...  read more »
  • If you are interested in history of the dam. I recommend visiting the National Great River Museum. There are several spots that tell you the making of the dam. 
  • I was surprised the first time I went here. There are many interactive displays that challenge your mind and teach at the same time. I love the huge map of the area where you can find all the places y...  read more »
  • It's pretty small, but the exhibits are nice, well executed and admission is free. Definitely worth stopping by.
  • Nice and fun (while being educational.) Would be great for school aged kids.
  • Informative if small museum. Very kid friendly and the staff are very knowledgeable.
  • Awesome place to take kids and visit. We come here every year.
  • We stopped in on an impromptu tour through Alton. We didn't go on a tour of the lock and dam because the times didn't line up. It was kind of cool to look at from the outside. The museum looks like a hold over from the educational boom of the 90s and much of it was in disrepair. One of the exhibits flat out didn't work and instead just shot water at us. I hear that there is an active eagle nest that you can see when on the guided tour of the lock and dam. I definitely want to stop in again to check that out.
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