Permanent Animal Exhibits at the Museum & Aquarium
  • stingrayDown in the Delta – NEW!

    Three new aquariums celebrate the life of the Mississippi River’s delta including a 2,250 gallon stingray touch pool, upside-down jellyfish, and mangrove habitat. Explore the environment, habitat, and biology of this amazing ecosystem and its greater impact on seas and oceans! Made possible by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

  • Rivers to the Sea

    Four large aquariums represent four distinct marine habitats that are representative of North American near shore waters that are all impacted heavily by local rivers. The largest, the Gulf of Mexico open water habitat, is almost 30 feet long, 15 feet deep, and contains more than 40,000 gallons of water!

  • Backwater Marsh

    This popular exhibit introduces guests to a few of the hundreds of species that depend on local wetlands for survival. Featuring a diverse collection, expect to see dozens of species of birds, turtles, and fish.

  • wood duckFlooded Bottomland Forest

    This split-level aquarium features animals from the Mississippi River’s seasonally flooded forest regions.

  • Bayou

    Meet animals from the Lower Mississippi River including an American Alligator.

  • Sturgeon Touch Tank

    Get up close and personal with locally abundant Shovelnose Sturgeon.

  • Otters

    North American River Otters appear playful and cute, but did you know they are closely related to weasels, wolverines, and skunks?

  • Main Channel

    Our largest freshwater habitat, this three-sided aquarium is nine feet deep, holds more than 30,000 gallons, and represents some of the biggest fish species of the Mississippi River, including sturgeon, catfish, and gar.

  • Paddlefish

    Discover some of the world’s most bizarre and unique fish, found only in the Mississippi River watershed.

Animal Welfare Process

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is committed to providing the highest quality animal care possible, and to meet or exceed all standards set forth by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). If you have a concern about animal welfare don’t hesitate to contact us at

Animal Acquisitions