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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

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  • Great for all the family. Plenty of different things to see and do. Good for all ages, young to older.  more »
  • We stayed overnight in Dubuque for an event at the Field of Dreams on Saturday, but we wanted something to do on Sunday. This museum was just the thing and it would be even better in the summer, espec...  more »
  • This was our second trip to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. It has grown over the years but is still a must see when near Dubuque.  more »
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  • 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.
  • They take great care of their fish and other exhibits. I love how they are always changing things up like having the Titanic and dinosaur exhibits. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.
  • The River Museum is a top-tier showpiece. Highly recommended for anyone who visits the Dubuque area. Give yourself several hours to see it all. The exhibit is massive and stretches into two buildings, filling the surrounding courtyard and a portion of the Ice Harbor. Teaches about river ecology and conservation, as well as about commercial barge and riverboat traffic and the colorful history of this area. Lots of river creatures, both marine and freshwater. If the River Otters are outside, they are a delight to watch! Ducks, fish, snakes, herons, crawfish, and alligator, and more. Several small theaters, including one that is 4D. The River Museum is located in the revitalized Port of Dubuque, on the lovely Mississippi Riverwalk, and within walking distance of historic Main Street. Highly recommended.
  • 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.........
  • 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).