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August is Teacher Appreciation Month!

August is Teacher Appreciation Month, meaning all teachers, administrators, and educational support staff receive free admission to the Museum & Aquarium all month long!  Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

DaVinci Days: Decode Day

Leonardo da Vinci was a man of many talents, which is why the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is hosting DaVinci Days , a seven part series highlighting DaVinci’s genius with events and activities. Part five of seven, “Decode” , sponsored by Dubuque Bank & Trust, will be held Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Decode Day is inspired by da Vinci’s unique mirror writing style in which he wrote backwards to shield his work from prying eyes.... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Museum & Aquarium hosting Taste of Dubuque on August 2

Dubuque’s premiere summer event, Taste of Dubuque, presented by Collins Community Credit Union, returns to the campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium on Thursday, Aug. 2. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., in the parking lot outside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Parking will be available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp. Taste of Dubuque provides a perfect opportunity to sample some of the area’s best... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Monday, July 30, 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

Museum & Aquarium awarded grant for new outreach vehicle

With the help of the Dubuque Racing Association, The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will introduce a new educational outreach program later this summer. This program will offer museum visitors the opportunity to engage with sea life as it applies to the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf of Mexico. “We have seen over 9,500 outreach program participants and anticipate, with the help of the Dubuque Racing Association’s grant, that number will grow to 15,000,”... Read More
at Friday, June 8, 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

Get Your "Passport" Stamped this Summer

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site, both Partner Sites within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA), are proud to announce they have been selected as a National Park Service (NPS) Passport Cancellation Stamp location. Beginning this month, both facilities will be placing a NPS Passport Cancellation Stamp at their location. A total of twenty-one SSNHA Partner Sites will have NPS Passport Cancellation Stamps... Read More
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