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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

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 announces arrival of baby shark

After weeks of anticipation, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce the hatching of a Coral Catshark in our Conservation Lab on Mar. 15. It is the first shark born at the Museum & Aquarium and is the newest member of our animal ambassador team. At a time when shark populations worldwide are threatened due to human activity, this shark pup will help spread a message of hope,” said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections at the River Museum.... Read More
at Friday, March 15, 2019

River Museum engages community to help protect amphibians

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host a free public presentation from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 12, highlighting FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The presentation will be hosted in the Journey Theater of the Mississippi River Discovery Center. Advance registration is required and can be completed at rivermuseum.com/frogwatch2019. FrogWatch USA provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities... Read More

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

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