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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.
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.
NOW OPEN - September 7, 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.
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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.
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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.
Our new barn owl came to the River Museum from the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri. While the sanctuary releases the majority of its birds into the wild after they are hatched, a few are brought into outreach programs throughout the nation to help educate the public on species declines and the importance of conservation efforts to maintain habitats and ecosystems.
The barn owl is currently on display in an aviary near the bald eagle.
Do you recognize this intersection in the heart of downtown Dubuque? This image captures Main Street Dubuque as it appeared in 1897 as viewed looking northward toward 4th street. Find out more about the unique businesses found on Main Street in 1897 at the link below!
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.