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Unexpected opportunity to care for orphaned animal

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received an unexpected opportunity this July to become the new home of a 15-month-old orphaned North American River Otter. “Our keepers are all very excited about the new addition to the animals in our care,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “River otters remain rare in rehab settings, so this is a unique opportunity to bring another otter into our facility that would not do well in the wild.” The... Read More
at Monday, August 5, 2019

Celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday!

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will be hosting a birthday party for one of America’s most beloved bears on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smokey Bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council on Aug. 9, 1944, to promote forest fire prevention. This year, Smokey will turn 75 years old and celebrate with friends and visitors at the River Museum. Special celebrity friends in attendance will include Yogi Bear, Woodsy Owl, Sparky the Dalmatian,... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program funds William M. Black restoration

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce a funding award from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historical Resource Development Program. The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, the society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

McDonough Foundation Supports Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce a funding award from the McDonough Foundation. The Foundation offers support to local non-profit organizations that provide educational opportunities, human and social services, and health care for children and their families in Eastern Iowa. The $2,000 in grant funding will support the Museum & Aquarium’s Youth Camp Scholarship Program for summer camps in 2020. The... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

Photo Submissions Requested for New Exhibit

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is seeking photo submissions for a new exhibit set to open at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on November 30 for the holiday season. The exhibit, Dubuque Traditions: A Photographic Experience , will be part of the Mathias Ham Historic Site’s Home for the Holidays event, held each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. “We’re seeking photos from the community that display holiday traditions of our friends, neighbors,... Read More

Taste of Dubuque scheduled for Aug. 1

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s tastiest event, Taste of Dubuque , returns to the Port of Dubuque on Thursday, Aug. 1 with American Country Music Artist Eric Chesser headlining the event. Taste of Dubuque will run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Port of Dubuque, outside the River Museum. Parking is available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp. Attendees to Taste of Dubuque will enjoy live music and great food from local vendors. Low-cost,... Read More
at Monday, June 24, 2019

River Museum receives funding from area foundations

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce that it received several grant awards from area foundations in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, equity, and accessibility initiatives. The River Museum is committed to making broad-spectrum improvements to create a contemporary environment that is inherently dynamic, accessible, equitable, inclusive, and relevant to all visitors. ... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

Our Great River Series

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (NMRMA) is excited to announce a new series, Our Great River , which aims to educate the public on environmental stewardship pertaining to water quality and urban best management practices. The community is invited to attend these upcoming events on June 20 and Aug. 15 at the River Museum’s Mississippi River Discovery Center (paddle wheel building) from 6-8 p.m. each evening. One June 20, Dr. Chris Jones, a research engineer at the... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

Piece of local history given new life at River Museum

The chair used by the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from West of the Mississippi has received new life through recent conservation. The Henderson chair, nicknamed for David B. Henderson, was used during his time as Speaker of the House in the 56 th and 57 th Congresses. The chair was originally donated to the Dubuque County Historical Society in 1965 by the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. In recent months, the River Museum was able to have the chair conserved,... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

Community selects name for River Museum shark pup

After a month-long public voting contest, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has a new name for its Coral Catshark pup. Moonga, meaning coral in Hindi, was the winning name for the young pup. “Moonga is a direct reference to the shark’s species and one of the languages spoken in the region where these sharks are from,” said Jennifer Drayna, Outreach Coordinator. “Conservationist Baba Dioum once said, ‘In the end, we will conserve only what we... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019
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