National Great Rivers Museum, Alton

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  • This road is fairly quiet. We like starting at Alton (after lunch at State Street Market Cafe and visiting a few shops). It’s a lovely route to enjoy the river during each season, and especially fun f...  more »
  • When it's very cold, eagles can often be seen around the lock & dam area, and in the trees on the highway nearby. The museum itself is well-done, with many exhibits.  more »
  • Lots of very good information from the Locks and Dam to the Eagles that are in the area. Docents have lots of great information,  more »
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  • Was there visiting in a holiday weekend, stopped in top kill time and look around. Nice little museum. Just missed the dam tour. I would suggest calling and getting the tour schedule ahead of your visit.
  • Interesting place. Good exhibits, very informative. Kept 3 kids entertained for 2 hours.
  • Interesting visitors' center. Didn't take the tour. Easy parking; short walk; not crowded. Nice stop along the way on a day trip from STL.
  • Educational to see barges locked through the lock and dam. Friendly guides and good educational materials about the river and lock system. Some of the exhibits are a little worn, and could use updating.
  • Friendly staff: nice exhibits, we enjoyed trying our hands at steering a barge. Will be back for a tour of the Locks when we are back in town!

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