Monster Fish Cover Photo 2

Monster Fish invade National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Legends of gigantic river fish have been the subject of fish stories for centuries. This summer, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s latest blockbuster summer exhibit will show visitors that these monster fish are anything but myth.

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants will take visitors on a deeper dive into the hidden world of some of the world’s largest freshwater fish. This National Geographic exhibition, which runs from May 13 – Oct. 9, features stunning life-sized sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits, and videos from the field that bring visitors face-to-face with more than 20 species – each at least six feet long and weighing more than 200 lbs. Some of these replica creatures, like the super-sized sawfish, are climbable. This exhibit will be complimented by the real-life monster fish species that call the River Museum home.

Enormous in size and rapidly dwindling in number, these ancient fish play critical roles in their freshwater habitats. Dr. Zeb Hogan, aquatic ecologist, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish,” has spent nearly two decades searching for and studying the rare, large freshwater fish species profiled in the exhibition.

Tickets for Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants are $5. Visitors must purchase general admission tickets to the Museum & Aquarium to access the Monster Fish exhibit.


American Trust & Savings Bank is the premiere sponsor for Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, along with lead sponsors: KWWL, Radio Dubuque, Diamond Jo Casino, the Telegraph Herald, and associate sponsor Prudential.