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An indoor water fall greets you as you prepare to celebrate America's great rivers. The immersive RiverWays gallery invites you to enter a canal, explore a river cave; and discover the history, culture, artifacts, and people of the diverse and watery interior of the United States.
Rivers to the Sea traces the story of water and rivers as they flow from streams to rivers to the ocean. Enjoy four salt-water aquariums including our 40,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico tank holding sharks, rays, and the beautiful schooling fish found at the mouth of the Mississippi.
RiverWorks invites children of all ages to explore through hands-on, water-based activities, they learn about rivers and what rivers mean to all of us. This children's "museum within a museum" keeps its river focus, with a crawl through beaver lodge, water table and a pedal-powered water "cycle."
The Large Format 3D/4D Immersion Theater presents 3D high definition sights, and 4D special effects including dramatic sound, wind, mist, seat movement and smells of the on-screen action.
There is always something happening at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium! From exciting changing exhibits to special weekend events, there's a new adventure at every turn!
The William Woodward Discovery Center is home to six large aquariums filled with river creatures including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, frogs, turtles and more!
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Carver Wet Lab
Let our educators introduce you to freshwater mussels, snails and crawfish in the touch tank. Examine fur pelts and explore many other hands-on activities.
National Rivers Hall of Fame
Capture the drama of river people who discovered, lived upon and celebrated the waterways of the United States.
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Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum celebrates the history of riverboats on the Mississippi through interactive exhibits and historic artifacts.
Explore the natural habitat of the Mississippi on a boardwalk trail. Discover natural and living history outposts including a Native American wikiup and a restored fur-trader's log cabin.
Learn about the Mississippi's past, present and future through interactive exhibits. Pilot a barge, experience a flood's devastation, and follow a 92-foot map of the river beneath your feet.
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Spy on the river otters, diving ducks, frogs, snakes and birds of America's most famous river. Spot bald eagles, great blue herons and turtles outside in the wetland.
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Extend your stay and visit the Mathias Ham House, an elegant pre-Civil War mansion, the Old Jail Museum, and the grand Victorian Ryan House home.
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W. M. Black
This national landmark vessel was once a working dredge boat used during WWII on the Missouri River. Walk the decks of this 1934 Steamer and tour its engine room and pilothouse.
Food & Beverage Options
Relax and enjoy a delicious lunch or snack in one of two food & beverage options. Dine indoors or on our riverside patio at the River's Edge Café in the National River Center or enjoy an afternoon snack next to an open air aquarium in the Mississippi River Center.
Pfohl Family Boatyard
Tour the Logsdon towboat, see huge steamboat artifacts, and visit a recreated historic blacksmith shop. The floating dock features a the towboat "Maude," a boat house, and a children's play area.
Turtles: Secrets of the Shell will exhibit at the Museum & Aquarium beginning in March 2013. The exhibit includes live animal displays, audiovisual presentations, informational panels, hands-on experiential components, and educator led programs. After display at the Museum & Aquarium, key components of Turtles will travel to nature centers across Iowa. The traveling exhibit, Turtles! A Traveling Exhibit for Iowa's Environmental Learning Centers, includes educational and experiential learning activities, as well as informational panels. Turtles! will travel to at least eight nature centers in 2014, and will likely continue traveling throughout 2015.
The exhibit Turtles: Secrets of the Shell, supports the Museum & Aquarium's mission to explore life of the Mississippi River and the rivers of America and their global connections, and to research, interpret,educate, and promote the conservation of their historical and natural environment. With the opening of Turtles, we hope to draw attention to the tremendous conservation challenges faced by these animals.
With the upcoming opening of our Civil War exhibit in April 2014, we are excited to announce our Civil War Symposium on Saturday, April 26th. Various speakers will present throughout the day on topics related to how the Civil War affected the Mississippi River and its people.
Saturday, April 26
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
David Salvaterra, Loras College
Kenneth Lyftogt, University of Northern Iowa
David Connon, Independent Researcher
Terry Lindell, Wartburg College
Leo Landis, State Historical Museum of Iowa
David Brodnax, Sr., Trinity Christian College
Loras College Student Exhibitions
Admission to the Symposium is free with advanced registration. Please contact the Museum & Aquarium at 563-557-9545 ext 201 to reserve seating.
Authors and exhibitors interested in participating, please contact the Museum & Aquarium by April 11.
Funded by The Institute of Museum & Library Sciences, The A.Y. McDonald Charitable Foundation, Humanities Iowa, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Museum & Aquarium offers a program for toddlers on a Tuesday of each month. The Toddler Tuesday program is for children ages 2 to 4 years old.
Each month features a new theme and fun activities, including a story and craft project too! The theme for April 22nd is "A is for Alligator!"
Cost is just $5.00 per child and FREE for the one accompanying adult or guardian (cost is for program only, regular admission not included). Advance sign-up is required. Please call 563-557-9545 ext. 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May Toddler Tuesday Program
"B is for Bat!"
Tuesday, May 20th
Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4
Experience the craft of blacksmithing at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium during Blacksmith Days, May 3 & 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission applies.
This special weekend event will highlight the historical importance of blacksmithing and metal working along the Mississippi River during pioneer times. Several working blacksmiths will demonstrate their metal-working skills to guests and there will be activities for children and families.
View a portion of the collections of the Dubuque County Historical Society on-line. Follow this link to start exploring.