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Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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.
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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.
Beginning May 30, we are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A timed-ticket system is now in place. Purchase tickets online and learn about our new health and safety measures. We will also honor any tickets purchased prior to our timed-ticket system. A timed ticket will not limit the length of your visit, simply stagger your arrival from that of other guests.
New Health & Safety Measures
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!
Head to our Project Piaba exhibit and you’ll find the Bushynose Catfish. Native to South America and Panama, this freshwater fish is nocturnal and enjoys plenty of hiding psaces. It’s a peaceful fish that only gets to about 5” in length. While mostly herbivores, if the River Museum’s Bushynose Catfish are any indication, they are enthusiastic eaters!
Watch them eat!
Did you know that Dr. John E. Finley, the namesake of Dubuque’s Finley Hospital, was also a musician and Civil War veteran?
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.