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River Museum asks the public to help name baby shark

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is asking the public to assist in naming its new Coral Catshark pup. The pup hatched March 15 and was seen on national news after video of the hatching hit the Museum & Aquarium’s social media channels. “This is an opportunity to give our new Animal Ambassador a name of significance that both educates the public and helps create connections for visitors and outreach program participants,” said Jennifer Drayna,... Read More
at Sunday, May 12, 2019

Nearly 200 years of innovation unite in new history exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque, Iowa – Innovative Dubuque – Sparking Centuries of Ingenuity, a new temporary exhibit opening May 18 at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, highlights the genius of entrepreneurs, inventors, and businesses through nearly 200 years of local innovation and inspiration. Featuring artifacts from the Dubuque County Historical Society’s collections, held at the River Museum, as well as loaned items from area individuals and businesses, the exhibit will... Read More
at Tuesday, April 23, 2019

River Museum accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for additional five years

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received notice on Sunday, April 14, that it has been accredited for another five years by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). AZA is the most prestigious accrediting body for the zoo and aquarium industry. The non-profit organization helps its 230 member institutions maintain the highest standards in animal care while providing services advancing animal welfare, public engagement, environmental education, and... Read More
at Thursday, April 18, 2019

River Museum first institution outside of Florida to participate in AZA-Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project to save threatened corals

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has expanded the institution’s work with threatened species through the addition of corals in partnership with the Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project. For the first time, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) professionals and resources have been sought out to help State and Federal agencies to help manage and respond to a marine environmental crisis. The River Museum is the first institution outside of Florida... Read More
at Tuesday, April 9, 2019

River Museum partners with RiverWorks Discovery to host “Who Works the Rivers” career event

Local high school students will have a chance to explore potential jobs available on America’s rivers at a free career fair next month. RiverWorks Discovery® (RWD), a national outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host “Who Works The Rivers” from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., April 24, at the River Museum campus, located at 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, Iowa. “Who Works the Rivers” is free and open to high school juniors... Read More
at Friday, March 22, 2019

River Museum invites community to help eradicate invasive species

The public is invited to join the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area on April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. for what is being coined as an “Invasive Species Beatdown.” The event is one of several conservation events planned by the River Museum throughout the month of April. The intent is to draw attention to various conservation topics through a month-long Party for the Planet celebration in conjunction with... Read More
at Monday, March 18, 2019

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
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