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Museum & Aquarium eliminates plastic straws

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces it is no longer using single-use plastic straws. With this new initiative, the Museum & Aquarium hopes to further educate guests about the impact of plastics pollution on global waterways and aquatic life. According to the United Nations, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Currently, there are an estimated 5 trillion plastic particles in the ocean. Wildlife mistake plastic items like straws as food.... Read More
at Monday, August 20, 2018

Historical Society awarded $500,000 challenge grant

The Dubuque County Historical Society has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Funding from NEH will support campus improvements and restoration projects at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, the Mathias Ham Historic Site, and aboard the National Historic Landmark property the William M. Black. “Investing in preservation and restoration through campus improvements ensures that our historic resources will be... Read More
at Monday, August 13, 2018

Historical Society receives grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received three grant awards totaling $81,675 from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA). These grants were part of more than $2 million in funding awarded by IDCA to 200 projects across the state. The Historical Society was awarded two grants from the Historical Resource Development division of IDCA and one grant from the Iowa Arts Council’s Cultural Heritage division of IDCA. Projects receiving support include a Conditions... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sharks are headed to a location near you

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will introduce a new mobile shark tank featuring sharks and stingrays on July 25. The Museum & Aquarium is one of the only aquariums in the Midwest with a mobile shark touch tank. This tank, funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, will be part of a new outreach program titled Ocean Odyssey. Thanks to a new outreach vehicle supported by the Dubuque Racing Association and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Ocean Odyssey will begin... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August is Teacher Appreciation Month!

August is Teacher Appreciation Month, meaning all teachers, administrators, and educational support staff receive free admission to the Museum & Aquarium all month long!  Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

DaVinci Days: Decode Day

Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many talents, which is why the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is hosting DaVinci Days , a seven part series highlighting DaVinci’s genius with events and activities. Part five of seven, “Decode” , sponsored by Dubuque Bank & Trust, will be held Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Decode Day is inspired by da Vinci’s unique mirror writing style in which he wrote backwards to shield his work from prying eyes.... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Museum & Aquarium hosting Taste of Dubuque on August 2

Dubuque’s premiere summer event, Taste of Dubuque, presented by Collins Community Credit Union, returns to the campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium on Thursday, Aug. 2. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., in the parking lot outside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Parking will be available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp. Taste of Dubuque provides a perfect opportunity to sample some of the area’s best... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Monday, July 30, 2018

Gift to Museum & Aquarium aims to boost Wyoming Toad population

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium recently received a $5,000 donation from APC, an LGI Company, to support its Wyoming Toad conservation efforts through purchase of a brumation chamber. The Museum & Aquarium has been propagating endangered Wyoming Toads since 2007. Classified as “extinct in the wild”, in the 1990s the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) collected the last 12 Wyoming Toads known to exist. Captive breeding then began and was successful... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Monday, June 25, 2018

55th Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

Come help us celebrate Independence Day at the Mathias Ham Historic Site’s 55 th Ice Cream Social. Dubuque County Historical Society’s time-honored celebration returns Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration takes place at the historic site, located at 2241 Lincoln Avenue. Visitors of all ages can tour the rooms of the stately Ham House free of charge, experience frontier life at the Humke one-room school and Iowa’s oldest standing building, the... Read More
at Friday, June 8, 2018

Museum & Aquarium awarded grant for new outreach vehicle

With the help of the Dubuque Racing Association, The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will introduce a new educational outreach program later this summer. This program will offer museum visitors the opportunity to engage with sea life as it applies to the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf of Mexico. “We have seen over 9,500 outreach program participants and anticipate, with the help of the Dubuque Racing Association’s grant, that number will grow to 15,000,”... Read More
at Friday, June 8, 2018
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