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New exhibits at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium receive significant support through recent grants

In recent weeks, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded an overwhelming $255,000 by two area granting bodies.

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $250,000 in grant funding to support the River Museum’s new permanent exhibit, River of Innovation, slated to open in 2020. Comprised of a 19th century belt-driven machine shop, several interactive exhibits, and a maker space, River of Innovation’s robust STEM educational components will work to improve science literacy by providing inspiring, rewarding, and innovative experiences for all visitors.

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa and has been providing funding opportunities for non-profit organizations since 1987.

Alliant Energy Foundation has also awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $5,000 in grant funding to support a new North American River Otter Pup exhibit. Funding is supporting the exhibit renovation, nutritional care, and creation of a home for the River Museum’s recent acquisition of an orphaned juvenile otter.

Driven by the River Museum’s conservation advocacy initiatives, this project conveys strong conservation messaging that intends to facilitate a connection between the visitor and nature. The new North American River Otter Pup exhibit will provide conservation education to convey the importance of riparian zones’ (wetlands, streams, river channels), impact on a healthy watershed ecosystem, and illustrate the threats that these areas and inhabitants face.

These funds will provide significant support toward the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s mission to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.

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