Prepare to take an entertaining and informative journey as you join our Museum Educators in exploring the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  The Museum & Aquarium is now offering many unique ways to experience the Mississippi River and other national rivers at its finest. We offer many STEM based options that you can take back to your classroom! Two buildings bring this exciting campus to life:

  • Mississippi River Center (MRC)

    In the Mississippi River Center explore freshwater aquariums, touch tanks, and a hands-on wetlab. Discover the Golden Age of steamboating along the Mississippi through the eyes and words of Mark Twain in the Riverboat Museum. Visit the operating boat and blacksmith shops in the boatyard plaza, explore the wetlands, and walk the decks of the 1934 National Landmark William M. Black steam dredgeboat.

  • National River Center (NRC)

    The newest addition to our campus offers an experience beyond the Mississippi River. Enter a canal, explore a river cave and discover the history, culture, artifacts and people of the watery interior of the United States. Enjoy the salt-water aquariums that hold rays, schooling fish, an octopus and more (inhabitants in aquariums may vary). The Rivers to the Sea gallery focuses on conservation and awareness our rivers connection to ocean habitats. RiverWORKS is an interactive area that allows students to experience the water cycle, how we use the rivers by dams, levees, and more. This building also includes the 4D theater, complete with special effects.

To schedule a group visit or to have a Museum & Aquarium educator visit your school, please contact:

Melissa Wersinger
Membership and Youth Group Manager
350 East 3rd Street
Dubuque, Iowa  52001
Phone: 563.557.9545 x 213
800.226.3369 x 213

 National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Bus Grant Program

Bus Grant applications are being accepted for the 2016-2017 school year starting August 25, 2016. If you are interested in applying, please click on the link below.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A) Bus Grant is a grant initiative supported by the John Deere Foundation and designed for schools in the tri-states region to fund the transportation costs associated with field trips to designated NMRM&A sites, Mathias Ham House or National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium both located in Dubuque, IA. The grant funds 50% of the total amount of transportation to and from the school and the selected NMRM&A site for the field trip, not to exceed $110.

To apply for a Bus Grant, click here

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