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Fairy tales have captivated the minds of children for centuries. Girls and boys dream of entering fantasy worlds where they become a prince or princess and go on magical adventures. It's no longer just a dream. Your kids can become the heroes of their own story this year at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, in our latest seasonal exhibit Once Upon A Time ... Exploring the World of Fairy Tales.
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OPENS MAY 18
Sparking Centuries of Ingenuity, a new temporary exhibit at the River Museum highlights the genius of entrepreneurs, inventors, and businesses through nearly 200 years of local innovation and inspiration. Featuring artifacts from the Dubuque County Historical Society’s collections, held at the Museum & Aquarium, as well as loaned items from area individuals and businesses, the exhibit explores the back-story of many well-known and lesser-known local innovations.
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: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
Now playing through Feb. 29, 2020.
This National Geographic film gives viewers exclusive access to Chengdu, China’s extraordinary giant panda breeding center. The film follows the lives of three young pandas as they leave the public spotlight at Chengdu and take their first steps on an extraordinary journey for their species. From tender moments to tenterhooks, every key event will be captured as China prepares to set them free.
Showtimes: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Now playing through October 31, 2019.
This film takes audiences through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter. Packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI, and cutting-edge science.
The Red-Tailed Hawk is one of America’s top predators, and is the most common hawk in America. These hawks have great eye sight and can spot a mouse from 100 feet in the air. Named for their “brick-red” colored tail, the Red-Tailed Hawk is very territorial and inhabits a wide variety of territory including deserts, plains, grasslands, farm fields, patchy woodlands, and tropical rainforests. In order to hunt, their territory must have high perches for them to sit.
Our hawk is female. She is believed to have been born around 2001. Most of her left wing was amputated due to an unknown injury as a juvenile. Due to this injury, she is unable to fly or hunt successfully in the wild and came to live at the River Museum. She has adapted to hopping from perch to perch in her enclosure, and enjoys tearing apart enrichment items given to her by her keepers!
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This is an early car and set of doors from Dubuque's historic Fenelon Place Elevator, also known as the Fourth Street Elevator. The car dates back to 1919, and the doors to 1955. The elevator was constructed by J.K. Graves in 1882 to shorten the 30 minute work commute from the top of Dubuque's bluffs to the city's downtown district. A fire in 1884 destroyed Graves' private elevator, but it was quickly rebuilt and opened to the public for one nickle a ride. While use of the elevator declined over the years with the rise of the automobile, it remains in operation today as a popular tourist destination. The elevator was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. An estimated eight million passengers made the 286-foot journey up and down the bluff between 1884 and 1964.
This early car and doors from the Fenelon Elevator is on display on the second floor of the River Museum's Mississippi River Center, near our new seasonal exhibit "Innovative Dubuque." It's a fitting location for one of Dubuque's early innovations.
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.