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Mad Scientist Party heads back to the William M. Black

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating its 31 st Annual Mad Scientist Party & Trick-or-Treat event presented by MidWestOne Bank at its Mississippi River Discovery Center on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year features a trick-or-treating route through the Wetland and onto the William M. Black. Inside the Mississippi River Discovery Center guests will enjoy live animal programs, science experiments, and face painting. Costumes are encouraged and... Read More
at Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ham Site celebrates second annual A Haunting on Lincoln Ave.

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will once again celebrate the Halloween season with a full day of activities on Oct. 19, 2019. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Halloween themed house tours will detail the rise of Halloween and Halloween traditions, as well as today’s fascination with ghost stories. Rumors from the Ham House’s own past will be revisited through the tours, which begin at 11 a.m. and take place hourly with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Crafts such as candle making and masks... Read More
at Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ham Site offers free admission during Museum Day

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is participating in Smithsonian magazine’s 15 th annual Museum Day on Sept. 21, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Museum Day is an initiative across the United States to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. A free ticket is required for admission and can be secured by visiting smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Guided tours from costumed interpreters will be available from 1-4... Read More
at Thursday, September 5, 2019

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

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