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Captain's Ball

Captain's Ball Night with the Museum
Watch it here on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.!

See a side to the museum that you won’t see on a tour!

For the first time ever, anyone anywhere can virtually attend this year’s Captain’s Ball: Night with the Museum. All you need is a computer or mobile device with access to the internet. This will be a fun-filled family event with live animals, artifacts, behind the scenes adventures, and some surprise guests.

The virtual program pre-show will be livestreamed starting at 5:45 p.m. (CST), with the main event beginning at 6:00p.m. (CST) on Friday, November 6, 2020 with an expected duration of approximately 90 minutes!

Celebrating 70 years of success, you will be helping us remain a long-time champion of our work in the fields of conservation, preservation, and dynamic learning experiences throughout the Dubuque County Historical Society, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame and RiverWorks Discovery. It is because of your ongoing support for this event that the Museum serves as a leading cultural institution in the region and contributes to a vibrant community that engages all those who reside here today and for generations to come.

This year, your support of Captain’s Ball: Night with the Museum is key to ensuring the success and the livelihood of our organization.

Grab your VIRTUAL SWAG BAG here!

virtual swag bag


October 23 @ 9:00 a.m. – Bidding Begins

November 6 @ 5:45 p.m. – Pre-Show 

November 6 @ 6:00p.m. – Showtime (approximately 90 minutes)

November 8 @ 12:00 p.m. – Bidding Ends

Event Registration and Auction Bidding

Planning to attend virtually? You'll want to get virtual tickets AND register to bid so you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Click here to get your ticket or make a donation!  REGISTER TO BID ON AUCTION ITEMS here!  

Contact if you have any questions. 

Plan to attend this year AND next!

We look forward to your joining us for this year's virtual event, full of fun and surprises. We also hope you'll join us in person next year. Get a sneak peak of what to expect at 2021's in person Captain's Ball, visit our online gallery from 2019. 

2019 Captain's Ball - 007 Photo Gallery

Thank you to our sponsors!

Our compliments to the following sponsors for making the Captain's Ball event possible!

Julien Dubuque Sponsors:

Conlon Construction      Green State Credit Union

River Otter Sponsors:

Kendall Hunt Publishing Company  



TH Media

US Bank

Sting Ray Cocktail Sponsors:

John Deere

Newt Marine

National Rivers Hall of Fame Sponsors:

John & Med Bickel

Colony Brands

Eagle Point Solar



Midwest One Bank

Simply Elegant Boutique

Party Box Sponsor:

Key City Vision

Mr. Chad & Dr. Regan Wolbers


Additional Sponsors:

7G Distributing

John & Margarete Cooke

Envision Tees

Family Beer & Liquor


J&R Rental

McCullough Creative, Inc.

Qtego Auction Services

Stauer House Bed & Breakfast


Plan your family’s meal/drinks for the virtual event!

This year, we have collaborated with a few local restaurants.  Many restaurant partners are offering discounts on food and drink, see below. Offers are valid only for Friday, November 6! Please click on the restaurant of your choice for their Captain's Ball 2020 select menu.  

* Please pay close attention to order by dates and instructions for each participating restaurant as they
may vary. 

Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar

Country Heights Supper Club

Dimensional Brewing Company

Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor

L May Eatery

Tony Roma's

Special thanks:

Loras College Productions

Captain's Ball Committee: Wally & Barbara Brown, Poppy Conlon, Erin Dragotto, Tracy Fischer, Vicky Sutter and Teri Witt.