National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
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Please ask Congress to include aquariums and zoos in the next round of emergency relief funding so that our team at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium can continue our important work to save wildlife and improve water quality.

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Our Impact

We partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in breeding the Wyoming Toad, which was listed as extinct in the wild in 1991. Since 2008, we have sent over 48,000 Wyoming toad tadpoles for release, helping the recovery of this species.

We are one of a few institutions that MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached out to, in order to create a land-based ark to preserve coral diversity in the face of a devastating disease outbreak in the Florida Reef Tract. We are housing a number of corals in an off-exhibit holding area until they can be safely released.

Locally, we raise freshwater mussels with students to improve river quality. Since 2010, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have released over 60,000 of our juvenile mussels in local waters.

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About Us

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive!

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The Museum & Aquarium's vision is to become the world's leader in interpreting and protecting the life, history and culture of our rivers, to create a more global, knowledgeable and engaged citizen. Among our many conservation efforts are citizen science programs, propagation of endangered species, promotion of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, and above all else, education. 

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