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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

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  • We visited on two consecutive days (admission covers two days). Both my husband and I were fascinated with the information about rivers. This is both entertaining and educational and excellent for fam...  read more »
  • This is a comprehensive museum of the Mississippi River and the indigenous people as well as an aquarium. The museum has an extensive display of the river boats and Mark Twain. It is interesting to ha...  read more »
  • The diversity of displays is amazing. Visitors can learn all about river travel, the creatures in the seas and rivers, life on a riverboat, Mark Twain and his love of the river, and boat building--plu...  read more »
  • We renewed our free membership 2 months ago and have visited multiple times since then. At the time we renewed I was very honest and up front about us moving to scott County but also that we are in town very often because of family. They said that's fine we can all do it. Now, I come today and they tell me I can't because I don't live in Dubuque County. Why doesn't they say anything any other time especially when I renewed and told them that. Retrain your crew and be consistent. Thank God my husband and I only had our 2 year old with us because if my 6 year old was there, would have been another thing.........
  • We drove about 2 hours to go to this museum and overall, it's really nice and the location being near the river gives it a very Cape Cod-ish feel. The employees and guides were very friendly and very helpful in giving information about the animals and we never had to look for someone for questions, they were always around and very eager to help. The Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit was a HUGE waste of money. Unless you are under 10, you probably won't get too much out of it as it is geared almost completely for kids. Unfortunately, we did not know this and wasted our money on it. Although the fresh and saltwater aquariums were nice, it would have also been nice to see bigger fish like sharks in the aquarium instead of just smaller fish and turtles. Other than that, it's a nice museum/aquarium for the money with very helpful, friendly employees. We would definitely return again.
  • Beautiful aquarium and learning center. Lots of exhibits, interactive things, and I liked the 3d movies. The museum front desk staff could have been a little more helpful in explaining how u get to the movies and how that works (movies are in a separate building, well there are multiple buildings).
  • Loved this museum! Stopped on a whim and it's amazing, it just keeps going & there is so much to do for all ages. No one under 17 in our group and we all had such a great time, would go back again and again if we're in the area.
  • I'm not sure where the dislike was coming from from the folks who were not happy with this place. Perhaps it was just teenage angst or a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Regardless, we had a lot of fun here and we're very happy with our time. It's not the type of aquarium you find in Chicago or Atlanta, but it's also not the type we expected to find in rural Iowa. They've done a tremendous job here creating a unique atmosphere that highlights a lot of the history of the Mississippi River, river boats and some of the culture that surrounded it as well as both salt and freshwater Aquatic Life. In the main area there are saltwater tanks with plenty of fish, a really cool octopus, some really nice exhibits as well as a nice large tank with a turtle in it that we all really enjoyed. Plus, upstairs is the children's area where they get to play in water and with plenty of toy boats. The interactive display up there is meant to teach them a little bit about water tables, damming of rivers and downstream effects of altering water. I thought it was really cool! There's a second building that you venture to to go into the freshwater exhibits. This too was a really need set of exhibits highlighting a lot of the different fish that live in lakes and rivers, plus they had and exhibit with a snapping turtle and one with an alligator Kama affectionately termed the Bayou. In this area, there are more exhibits on flooding and the effects that floods have on landscape. We found it very informative and an easy place to spend a couple of hours. In this area there was a kids exhibit which included an opportunity to touch a fish, a crawfish as well as look at things under a microscope. We went back 3 times to touch a crawfish because it was that cool! We were pretty blown away with what a cool exhibit this was and what a great job they've done taking something as mundane as River knowledge and turning it into a really cool, interactive Museum that we will be back to.
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