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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

As a non-profit 501(c)3, your purchase not only supports local business, it also supports our mission to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.

Your purchase helps care for the animals in our care (including several endangered species), preserves historic structures and artifacts (making connections between the past and present), and supports new initiatives, exhibits and programs.

Memberships, E-Gift Certificates, & Gift Certificates

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Enjoy a full year of new experiences with a membership to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Every visit is something new, and until Dec. 31, 2022, all individual, dual, family, and grandparent memberships are 20% off! 

There are two options to give the gift of membership this holiday season!

Option #1: Purchase a membership below to automatically activate your gift membership. Gift member recipients are able to visit the River Museum, with a photo ID, before receiving their member cards. Recipients will receive their member cards within two to three weeks.

Option#2: Gift Certificates can be purchaed at our box office to be given at a time of your choosing and your recipient can redeem their gift certificate to activate their membership at any time. *Most flexible option*

Special caregiver and Smithsonian add-ons are available, as are gift certificates.


Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours (& Gift Certificates)

Picture of aquarists behind the scenes in living collections.

Spend time with one of our experienced aquarists behind the scenes as you visit a variety of rooms used to care for and house our living collections. See where food is prepared, learn about our herp holding area, and take a visit behind the Main Channel. Guests will also get to speak with our aquarists about what their jobs entail and help an aquarist feed animals within either our Main Channel or Backwater Marsh Aquariums. 

The experience is one hour in length and can be purchased in conjunction with general admission tickets or enjoyed as a standalone experience. It includes space for up to six individuals. Everyone must be ages 6+. Call 563.557.9545 x213 to inquire about larger groups.


Adopt an Animal

Adopt an Animal Program

Please note that all Adopt an Animal packages must be purchased online with in-store pickup.

First, select to symbolically adopt a Cownose Ray, Gray Wolf, or Sea Turtle. Second, select from one of four adoption levels starting at $15. Each level contains an animal image and fact card, and an adoption certificate. All profits support the animals in our care.

Adopt an Animal Today!

Day Passes

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Purchase any general admission tickets or combo ticket package and gift it to someone special. Ticket purchases are good for any day we are open up and expire one year from date of purchase. Online purchases will be delivered via email.


Museum Store 

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Looking for something you won't find elsewhere for that special someone? Stop in one of our museum stores to purchase unique apparel, housewares, jewelry, children's science kits, board games, books, puzzles, stocking stuffers, wine, and more.

The River Museum Stores are open the same hours as the River Museum and do not require general admission.