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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

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  • This is a wonderful place to spend time. It is conveniently located in the port and there is lots of parking. The aquariums and exhibits were very interesting. Would definitely return!  more »
  • There's something here for everyone. I spent five hours there today and still didn't see everything. They have 4D movies, interactive exhibits, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, stingray "petting", ...  more »
  • My wife and I have not been to an aquarium in many years. This is a combination of the history of the Mississippi River, it's developement and many displays of the history of the river boats, many of ...  more »
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  • Great museum with excellent exhibits. My one and only complaint is that the arrangement is non-directional, and it has no natural flow (funny for a river museum...). It made it difficult to be sure you had seen everything, and it was easy to bump into other visitors, as everyone was floating between exhibits however they felt like. However, I would love to bring my kids next time to experience the excellent children's exhibits.
  • Great place to take the young ones. You can pet sting rays and play in some massive water tables in the building closer to the river and in the one further away you can check out fish, turtles, and even a alligator. They often have programs and special events that are great for the kids too.
  • Our family loves coming here! It is aleays clean and family friendly. We have a yearly membership and it is well worth it! Sometimes we spend an hour sometimes we spend all day just depends on what we want to look at that day! The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly too!
  • Nice museum, a little pricey A very nice museum and even nicer aquarium. Lots to see and even more to learn. Probably a good 90 minutes of entertainment, but maybe not worth $16/ea. But don't let the price keep you away.
  • This was a large museum with lots of exhibits. There were many interactive exhibits, including places to interact with rays and sturgeon. Plenty of educational games and exhibits suitable for young children. The 3D/4D theater had two different shows on the date we visited. Both shows were educational and fun. There were two old boats that could be toured. Outdoor exhibits included a bald eagle, a redtail hawk, and river otters. The cafe had a good selection of food for lunch and the prices were reasonable. This museum will take the better part of a day to get through, so it's best to plan to visit it as a standalone activity. This museum is highly recommended if you're visiting the Dubuque area.

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