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Dubuque County Historical Society recognizes all homes as living museums and calls for home curators to share their collections on social media

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are inviting the local and extended community to participate in a digital collection of artifacts through social media. On Monday, April 13, 2020, the DCHS will announce a social media call for artifacts and encourage individuals to share a photo of an artifact and its significance to their home museum, using #HomeMuseumCollections. “As we continue to social distance and... Read More
at Monday, April 13, 2020

The River Museum is Temporarily Closed

Preserving history and life is at the core of our mission. Protecting our visitors, staff, and volunteers goes hand in hand with that mission. As such, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is following recommendations from the CDC, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local officials by temporarily closing to the general public beginning March 17, 2020. As a non-profit organization, we rely on admissions and memberships to support experiences where history and rivers... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Monday, March 16, 2020

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

Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration

April 2020 marks the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, mankind’s largest environmental movement to positively impact the planet. In honor of this major milestone, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is working with conservation partners to educate, energize, and mobilize citizens through community-based conservation engagement activities each Saturday during April. A full schedule of activities for the month is as follows: April 4 - Earth Day Action at the Mathias Ham... Read More
at Monday, March 2, 2020

President Hoover Inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame

President Herbert Hoover’s lasting impact on America’s river systems will be recognized on March 27, 2020, at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover will be posthumously inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame. Born in 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, Herbert Hoover was an engineer and has arguably impacted America’s rivers through public policy more than any other individual in the nation’s history. Responsible for... Read More
at Thursday, February 27, 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 . 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