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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

River Museum asks the public to help name baby shark

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is asking the public to assist in naming its new Coral Catshark pup. The pup hatched March 15 and was seen on national news after video of the hatching hit the Museum & Aquarium’s social media channels. “This is an opportunity to give our new Animal Ambassador a name of significance that both educates the public and helps create connections for visitors and outreach program participants,” said Jennifer Drayna,... Read More
at Sunday, May 12, 2019

Nearly 200 years of innovation unite in new history exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque, Iowa – Innovative Dubuque – Sparking Centuries of Ingenuity, a new temporary exhibit opening May 18 at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, highlights the genius of entrepreneurs, inventors, and businesses through nearly 200 years of local innovation and inspiration. Featuring artifacts from the Dubuque County Historical Society’s collections, held at the River Museum, as well as loaned items from area individuals and businesses, the exhibit will... Read More
at Tuesday, April 23, 2019

River Museum accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for additional five years

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received notice on Sunday, April 14, that it has been accredited for another five years by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). AZA is the most prestigious accrediting body for the zoo and aquarium industry. The non-profit organization helps its 230 member institutions maintain the highest standards in animal care while providing services advancing animal welfare, public engagement, environmental education, and... Read More
at Thursday, April 18, 2019

River Museum first institution outside of Florida to participate in AZA-Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project to save threatened corals

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has expanded the institution’s work with threatened species through the addition of corals in partnership with the Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project. For the first time, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) professionals and resources have been sought out to help State and Federal agencies to help manage and respond to a marine environmental crisis. The River Museum is the first institution outside of Florida... Read More
at Tuesday, April 9, 2019

River Museum partners with RiverWorks Discovery to host “Who Works the Rivers” career event

Local high school students will have a chance to explore potential jobs available on America’s rivers at a free career fair next month. RiverWorks Discovery® (RWD), a national outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host “Who Works The Rivers” from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., April 24, at the River Museum campus, located at 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, Iowa. “Who Works the Rivers” is free and open to high school juniors... Read More
at Friday, March 22, 2019

River Museum invites community to help eradicate invasive species

The public is invited to join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area on April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. for what is being coined as an “Invasive Species Beatdown.” The event is one of several conservation events planned by the River Museum throughout the month of April. The intent is to draw attention to various conservation topics through a month-long Party for the Planet celebration in conjunction with... Read More
at Monday, March 18, 2019