Enjoy an evening cruise aboard the Celebration Belle
August 20
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Come and see the exciting and complex world of turtles, up close and in person.
Turtles: Secrets of the Shell
Open daily 9AM - 6PM
Cycle your way through the Dubuque area with special guest Tour de France champion Greg LeMond during the Dubuque Gran Fondo. Click here for info.
Dubuque Gran Fondo
Saturday, August 16th

Open daily at 9:00 a.m.


Where Fun and Learning
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Here's What's New

Wednesday, August 20

The National Rivers Hall of Fame was created to preserve and tell the stories of the men and women of the inland rivers of the United States. From pioneers, to explorers and artists who are no longer living - the Hall of Fame honors these men and women who made significant contributions related to America’s rivers and river industries.

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 National Rivers Hall of Fame will host its 6th biannual Captain’s Ball on board the Celebration Belle. The event will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Port of Dubuque, with boarding to occur from 6:00 – 6:30 pm with a prompt 6:30 departure. The event will include a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and award presentation all accompanied by a majestic cruise along the Mississippi River.

The Captain’s Ball is a wonderful way to bring people together along the banks of the mighty Mississippi to celebrate and advocate for our nation’s waterways and to continue to promote all of the quality exhibits and educational programming that the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has to offer. Your contributions have allowed us to reach 255,000 people a year, which includes 175,000 people in Dubuque and 80,000 people across the country with RiverWorks Discovery and the National Rivers Hall of Fame. With your help we are educating almost a quarter million people each year about the importance of river commerce, culture, and conservation. In addition, proceeds from this event will be included in our National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) challenge grant. If we meet our mark in which NEH will provide a match contribution of $750,000 to support ongoing exhibits and programming. .

For further details please contact Vicky Sutter at 563-557-9545 ext. 276 or vsutter@rivermuseum.com.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Master Level
Woodward Communications
Newt Marine Service
La Vie en Rose
Prairie Ridge of Galena

Pilot Level
American Trust & Savings
John and Med Bickel
Prudential Retirement
Riverboat Twilight
Ruth Bickel
U.S. Bank
Ken Furst – McGladrey
Ingram Barge Company, Captain Michael & Julie Conklin
A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. Charitable Foundation

Trip Pilot Level
Mike Finnin Ford
John & Margarete Cooke
Don & Mary Lou Hattery
East Dubuque Savings Bank
John Deere Dubuque Works
Wallace & Barbara Brown
Mike & Linda Budde
Patrick Anglin & Christina Kehl-Anglin
Stauer House Bed & Breakfast
Helen Kilgore Family

See the antics of our playful river otters.