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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

Museum & Aquarium eliminates plastic straws

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces it is no longer using single-use plastic straws. With this new initiative, the Museum & Aquarium hopes to further educate guests about the impact of plastics pollution on global waterways and aquatic life. According to the United Nations, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Currently, there are an estimated 5 trillion plastic particles in the ocean. Wildlife mistake plastic items like straws as food.... Read More
at Monday, August 20, 2018

Historical Society awarded $500,000 challenge grant

The Dubuque County Historical Society has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Funding from NEH will support campus improvements and restoration projects at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, the Mathias Ham Historic Site, and aboard the National Historic Landmark property the William M. Black. “Investing in preservation and restoration through campus improvements ensures that our historic resources will be... Read More
at Monday, August 13, 2018

Historical Society receives grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received three grant awards totaling $81,675 from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA). These grants were part of more than $2 million in funding awarded by IDCA to 200 projects across the state. The Historical Society was awarded two grants from the Historical Resource Development division of IDCA and one grant from the Iowa Arts Council’s Cultural Heritage division of IDCA. Projects receiving support include a Conditions... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sharks are headed to a location near you

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will introduce a new mobile shark tank featuring sharks and stingrays on July 25. The Museum & Aquarium is one of the only aquariums in the Midwest with a mobile shark touch tank. This tank, funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, will be part of a new outreach program titled Ocean Odyssey. Thanks to a new outreach vehicle supported by the Dubuque Racing Association and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Ocean Odyssey will begin... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Gift to Museum & Aquarium aims to boost Wyoming Toad population

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium recently received a $5,000 donation from APC, an LGI Company, to support its Wyoming Toad conservation efforts through purchase of a brumation chamber. The Museum & Aquarium has been propagating endangered Wyoming Toads since 2007. Classified as “extinct in the wild”, in the 1990s the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) collected the last 12 Wyoming Toads known to exist. Captive breeding then began and was successful... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Monday, June 25, 2018

Otis on a Mission

The Six-banded Armadillo is part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP for short). The purpose of this SSP is to ensure a genetically diverse captive population to help conservationists learn about the species, breed the species, and be prepared to take what they learn to assist the wild population. “Otis” the Six-banded Armadillo was born at the Museum & Aquarium in 2014. Being an Armadillo in Iowa, “Otis”... Read More
at Friday, May 25, 2018

DaVinci The Exhibition and Makers Faire unite

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host its third annual Makers Faire on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This event showcases artisan craftsmanship and highlights an era of history before machines could mass produce what we needed. It’s fascinating to see the skill, time, and labor that go into each and every project,” said Wendy Scardino, director of marketing and communications at the Museum & Aquarium. “It’s also a... Read More
at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Museum & Aquarium unveils new website

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and its national outreach program Riverworks Discovery have launched two new websites to encourage exploration and provide an enhanced visitor experience. Supported, in part, through a grant from Travel Iowa, the new Museum & Aquarium website features a mobile-first design and more robust content and imagery for exhibits, historical information, and animals within the institution’s care. One of the website’s key features is... Read More
at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mathias Ham Historic Site opens with new activities and exhibits

The Mathias Ham Historic Site opens for the season on Saturday, May 26, and with it, new activities and a new exhibit. Master Illustrators: The artwork of Richard Herrmann and Cy Ferring will consist of original works and artifacts from the two artists that celebrate the connection between nature and art, along with our ability to understand both their beauty and importance to understanding history. The Site and exhibits will be open throughout Memorial Day weekend and then Wednesday... Read More
at Wednesday, May 23, 2018