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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

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  • Unless you pay extra for the movies, feedings and so forth, all you get for the expensive entrance fee is a 45 minute walk down river boat memory lane! It is a large property but not much to see. We w...  more »
  • I took my grandson for a day. We spent about 5 hours here. He is 6 and he loved the fish and the turtles. The 4D Theater is awesome! We really enjoyed the presentation of Sea Monsters.  more »
  • We saw the Titanic exhibit when it was stationed there - it was a lovely exhibit. The staff are friendly and helpful. The aquarium has lots of different types of critters - river and ocean/exotic. Gre...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great place to learn about the history and ecology of Mississippi River! They run a wonderful overnight program for Girl Scout, Boy Scout and school groups where the educators run programs for the kids, you get to sleep on a boat and then explore the museum the next day!
  • Great selection of animals and fish. Alligator is awesome, but such a small enclosure... Why can't he be outside like the otters?