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This summer the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection this summer through a new premier exhibit The Robot Zoo presented by MidWestOne Bank . Adults and children will explore the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight robotic animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels... Read More
at Thursday, March 12, 2020

Smithsonian Museum Day scheduled for April 4 at Mathias Ham Historic Site

The community is invited to celebrate Museum Day at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The annual celebration is led by Smithsonian magazine in partnership with Smithsonian affiliates across the country. Museum Day tickets are available at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday . Each ticket provides free admission for up to two people on Saturday, April 4, and one ticket is available per email address submitted. Costumed interpreters will be available at... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Members invited to attend Pet Paw-ty

Members! You’re invited to a Pet Paw-ty at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society on February 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event includes creating DIY dog and cat toys, which will then be donated to the animals in the shelter. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and attendees will get a chance to meet some of the shelter’s furrier residents. Anyone passionate about animal welfare is encouraged to attend, regardless of age. Children under eight may need parental assistance in... Read More
at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

River Museum Helps Barrens Topminnow Fight for Survival

The Barrens Topminnow is facing a “one, two punch” in its fight for survival, as the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium joins its corner to go the distance in a hopeful comeback.  The rise of invasive species to the Mississippi River Watershed and habitat destruction due to land use are among the threats that led to the Barrens Topminnow’s introduction to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species in October of this year. Found exclusively in a couple... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Scuba Santa to return December 14 & 15

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holidays once again with a visit from Scuba Santa from 11 a.m. to noon on December 14 and 15, 2019. Taking a break from his holiday preparations, Santa will be scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium and taking photos with guests through the glass. Scuba Santa is included with general admission, as is the River Museum’s newest exhibit,  Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! For fans of... Read More
at Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit Comes the River Museum

Sid the Science Kid visits the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium with Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! Beginning Dec. 7, 2019, kids can join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure when Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opens at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids will be able... Read More

52 Pounds of Chocolate Await Guests at Champagne & Chocolates

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host its annual Champagne & Chocolates event on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Champagne & Chocolates is an adult evening of fun and shopping in the River Museum’s National Rivers Center. Admission to the event includes: Chocolate fountains and more than 52 pounds of chocolates provided by Betty Jane Homemade Candies, Galena Kandy Kitchen, Rocky Mountain Chocolate... Read More
at Thursday, October 17, 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

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

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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