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River Museum invites guests to largest combined Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Ocean Day celebration

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will be participating in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) annual Party for the Planet celebration on April 20. This annual event celebrates the Earth’s biodiversity and educates communities on how individuals can make positive impacts on the environment. Party for the Planet is the largest combined Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Ocean Day celebration in the world. Party for the Planet runs from... Read More
at Monday, March 18, 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

Stingray babies and shark eggs help share message of hope at River Museum

Though winter weather surrounds Eastern Iowa, spring is in the air at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The institution is excited to announce the recent birth of three new Yellow Stingray babies and the laying of Coral Catshark eggs. “This is an exciting development for the River Museum,” said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections. “Sharks and rays play different but vital roles in our ocean ecosystems and more than 50 percent of shark and ray... Read More
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

River Museum takes visitors out of this world

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is taking visitors out of this world Jan. 8 with a new 4D movie experience. Presented by KCRG-TV, Wildest Weather in the Solar System will take audiences out of this world to Venus, Jupiter, and beyond. Travel through the thick atmosphere of Venus, explore magnetic storms on the sun, discover liquid methane showers on Titan, and experience the voracious winds of Jupiter. Filled with high-end CGI effects, Wildest Weather in the Solar... Read More
at Monday, January 7, 2019

Upcoming children’s exhibit encourages imagination

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is proud to announce its next seasonal exhibit, Once Upon a Time … Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, opening Feb. 2, 2019, in the Bickel Gallery in the Mississippi River Discovery Center. Presented by American Trust, premier corporate sponsor, and Telegraph Herald, premier media sponsor, Once Upon a Time .... Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is a collaborative effort of the St. Louis Public Library and the Magic House, St.... Read More
at Thursday, January 3, 2019

Inductees honored by National Rivers Hall of Fame

The National Rivers Hall of Fame will honor two 2018 inductees at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Captain’s Ball Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Captain Stephen Beck Hanks and Rosalie Edge will be celebrated for their historical significance to America’s Rivers. Capt. Hanks (1821-1917) spent 50 years on the Mississippi River working in all phases of 19th-century steamboating. Hanks’ career began with the birth of the great lumber industry in the St. Croix... Read More
at Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dubuque County Historical Society awarded $5,000 for River of Innovation

The Dubuque County Historical Society was awarded $5,000 in funding from the IBM Corporate Citizenship Community Grants Program. Funding will support a solid framework for the development of integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum for the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s new permanent exhibit River of Innovation, which will include a fully-functional 19th century belt-driven machine shop, maker space, and other hands-on exhibits. The... Read More
at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

National Rivers Hall of Fame honors Nelson Jones with Achievement Award

The National Rivers Hall of Fame honored the late Nelson Jones with the National Achievement Award, presenting it to his father Charlie Jones on behalf of his son at Amherst Madison Company in Charleston, West Virginia on October 5, 2018. The National Rivers Hall of Fame Award celebrates Nelson Jones’ dedication to the river industry through his work at Amherst Madison as well as his passion for preserving inland river history. Jones’ began spending time at Port Amherst and... Read More
at Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Interactive bug exhibit "What's Bugging Belva?" coming to River Museum

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce its next seasonal exhibit, What’s Bugging Belva?, opening Oct. 27, 2018, in the Norman Gallery in the Mississippi River Center. The exhibit uses a children’s story format and an interactive garden setting to guide visitors through Belva’s world as her grandfather shows her the wonders of being an insect. “Insects live in all kinds of different environments and play important... Read More
at Monday, September 17, 2018
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