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Hard Won, Not Done™ is a local look at the efforts of some remarkable women who fought for ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. On the 100th anniversary of this historic milestone, Hard Won, Not Done™ honors how far we've come, draws parallels to our own experiences 100 years later, and is an opportunity to consider how far we have yet to go toward the goal of equity for all.
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NOW OPEN - September 27, 2020
The Robot Zoo explores the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight roboto animals and a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics. The eight animals featured in the exhibit include a giant squid with 18-foot tentacles, a bat, a rhinoceros, a house fly with a 10-foot wingspread, a platypus, a grasshopper, a chameleon, and a giraffe whose head and neck alone stretch 9 feet into the air.
Phase one of the new permanent exhibit River of Innovation, this 3,000-square-foot exhibit space features a working 19th century belt-driven machine shop that once created motors for racing boats on the Mississippi River.
(This exhibit is located at the Mathias Ham Historic Site.)
Linwood Legacies provides a glimpse into Linwood’s early history, as well as death and mourning practices of the Victorian Era. Featuring descriptive educational panels and several Dubuque County Historical Society artifacts, this exhibit will be on display in two of the Ham House’s upper rooms.
Dubuque's baseball roots date back to 1855, when according to lore, the 4th ward "on the hill" challenged the 3rd ward "on the flats" to a baseball game in the earliest local game on record. After two hours being pummeled by the players from the flats, the 4th ward players gave up.
Take a local look at America's favorite passtime and enjoy items from the Dubuque County Historical Society's collection in this mini-exhibit located in the Mississippi River Discovery Center concourse.
As the Dubuque County Historical Society (whose collection is housed at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium) celebrates 70 years, we wanted the public to take a closer look at how the act of collecting has changed over the years. Stop in to view our "cabinet of curiosities" and learn just what a "cabinet of curiosities" was.
Yes! We are open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Effective Aug. 8, the City of Dubuque mandates face coverings be worn by all persons three years of age or older when inside any indoor public setting. Feel free to bring your own mask or purchase one at the door. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.
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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!
Showtimes: 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
Now playing through January 31, 2021.
What if our best friends are our best hope? Get ready to meet some of the most amazing four-legged heroes on earth. Narrated by Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), this film shares the tales of some remarkable dogs and their life-saving superpowers. Rated G.
Showtimes: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Now playing through Feb. 28, 2021.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 1 - Experience on the giant screen the remarkable true story of three animal species rescued from brink of extinction. Join this amazing adventure to save California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey and the wondrous migrating crabs of Christmas Island. Discover the heartfelt and ingenious human efforts to rescue endangered species around the world.
Dot, our resident Green Sea Turtle, has been off exhibit for quite some time. Rest assured she's doing well and we hope to have her back on exhibit before year-end. In the meantime, we wanted to share a little of Dot's story--including how she came to be at the River Museum and some of the challenges associated with her injuries and care.
As students of all ages in Dubuque head back to school, the 2020-2021 school year promises to be unlike any other. Many students from preschool to college will do much of their learning outside the walls of an actual school building. So what better time to look back at one of Dubuque’s most storied schools....
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.