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Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 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.
We like to think of our North American River Otters as honorary River Museum greeters! A high-energy species, our River Otters, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, are always ready to say “hi” to guests and show off their swimming and diving skills! They became locally extinct (extirpated) throughout much of their native range, but through conservation efforts including reintroduction, their population number has increased in recent years. Our otters were young when they were found and wouldn’t have survived without parental care. Thanks to the intervention and specialized care of their rehabbers, they are now thriving at our facility! Did you know River Otters are members of the weasel family and use scent glands to mark surfaces in their habitat? This allows them to communicate their territory to other animals.
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Signs are everywhere. They are out there in our daily lives pulling us in, telling stories, directing us places, and can sometimes transcend their function to be an icon of local culture. Recently out for a glamorous night at the Captain’s Ball, the Busy Bee Café neon sign grabbed the spotlight. One of the largest and most technical objects in the collection, the sign’s style and connection to a longtime and beloved restaurant makes it an artifact of what it means to be “Dubuque"....
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.