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Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open now through January 2023
The wilderness can be a beautiful thing. From the stunning landscapes found in nature to the interactions between wildlife, oftentimes these moments go uncaptured, but Thomas D. Mangelsen has dedicated his life to photographing these amazing encounters and one-of-a-kind moments.
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From a working 19th-century belt-driven machine shop to engaging interactives and a MakerSpace, River of Innovation is our newest can't miss permanent exhibit!
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: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Follow Adam, a solitary teenager, as he sets out to trace back his long-lost father. Deep into the woods, Adam is faced with an unbelievable revelation: his father is no other than…Bigfoot. As they start making up for lost time, they’re faced with the menace of two greedy hunters. Join Bigfoot and son, and all their quirky woodland animals friends, for the adventure of a lifetime !
Showtimes: Noon & 2 p.m.
The ability to fly is one of the greatest wonders in the natural world. Millions of creatures soar above our heads today, using a fabulous variety of techniques to defy gravity. But how did animals make the incredible transition from
land to air? See the whole world of flying creatures: from ancient pterosaurs to night-flying bats, and from acrobatic dragonflies to the hummingbirds which beat their wings more than 80 times a second.
Found throughout the Mississippi River and the southeastern part of America, the Bowfin is a primitive species, sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” as it’s the only living representative of the family Amiidae, which dates back to the Jurassic Period. Bowfin have a lunglike swim bladder that allows them to surface and breathe air; this is advantageous as it allows the fish to live in warmer bodies of water, where oxygen levels are lower. Bowfin feed on fish, frogs, crustaceans, and insects and can grow to 20-30 inches in length. Bowfin (Latin name Amia calva) are often referred to by one of their many nicknames, Dogfish and Grinnel being just two of them.
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Although it may resemble a trampoline, this is a fire safety net designed to catch those leaping from burning buildings. Patented in 1887 by Thomas F. Browder and manufactured by the Atlas Safety Equipment Company, the Atlas Life Saving Machine was an important fire response tool for close to a century until it was phased out for new technology.
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.