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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 . 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

River Museum joins Aquarium Conservation Partnership

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has joined the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), a first-of-its-kind collaboration of aquariums formed to increase collective impact on ocean and freshwater conservation. The River Museum becomes the 23 rd nationally recognized partner to join the ACP, which includes select Association of Zoos and Aquarium partners such as the Shedd Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Florida Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly... Read More
at Monday, February 17, 2020

Dubuque County Historical Society Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will celebrate its 70th anniversary on February 23, 2020. On this date in 1950, the organization’s articles of incorporation were signed and DCHS’s first board of directors were identified as Horace S. Poole (President), Joseph A. Rhomberg (Vice-President), Elsie L. Datisman (Secretary), John J. Cody (Treasurer), Rev. M. M. Hoffmann, Arnie Stierman, George J. Hohman, William Avery Smith, John Rider Wallis, and R. P. Roedell. Begun... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Orphaned Female North American River Otter Arrival and Introduction

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is thrilled to announce the arrival of a female North American River Otter. The female otter has now joined the River Museum’s recently acquired male river otter in the Flooded Forrest habitat. “We were contacted about the female river otter shortly after we made plans to bring the male otter to the River Museum,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “We’d been expecting to... Read More
at Tuesday, January 28, 2020

River Museum to Host Wedding Venue Showcase

Brides-to-be will have an opportunity to scout potential ceremony, reception, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner spaces within the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium on Feb. 27, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. Tours of spaces within the River Museum will be provided, as will food samples from the River Museum’s exclusive caterer J & D Catering. Couples may also speak with additional vendors who will be on site that evening. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at ... Read More
at Friday, January 17, 2020

River Museum to host Spring Break Day Camps

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host spring break day camps during the week of March 16 in conjunction with the Dubuque Community School District’s spring break. Kindergarten through fifth grade students are invited to engage in different themed experiences each day. Crafts, animal encounters, and experiences throughout the River Museum are incorporated in each camp. Half day and full day sessions are available with wrap-around care provided at no additional... Read More
at Wednesday, January 15, 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 to host Valentine’s Day dinner among the aquariums

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host a five-course Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinner on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. among the exhibits and aquariums in its Mississippi River Discovery Center. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this five-course dinner. Registration is available through Feb. 7 at . The cost is $55 per person and payment is due at time of reservation. Couples and groups are welcome. ... 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

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s outreach program set to take flight

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded $16,977 in grant funding from the REAP CEP. The Resource Enhancement & Protection (REAP) – Conservation Education Program (CEP) funding will support the River Museum’s Live Animal Outreach Expansion project. This project will focus on acquiring, training, and introducing two raptors to the River Museum’s animal ambassador program in an effort to expand live animal outreach programming that will convey... Read More
at Monday, December 9, 2019