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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

Enjoy a full year of new experiences with a membership to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Every visit is something new, and from Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2020, all individual, dual, family, and grandparent memberships are 20% off! That's less than $10 a month for your entire family to enjoy the River Museum all year long.

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)

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 four individuals. 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 an otter, alligator, stingray or sea turtle. Second, select from one of three adoption levels starting at $35. Each level contains a plush, an animal image and fact card, and an adoption certificate. All profits support the animals in our care.

More information on Adopt an Animal

Outdoor Adventure Guided Hikes (& Gift Certificates)

Available through reservation or gift certificate, the River Museum is offering guided outdoor experiences with seasoned, knowledgeable guides. Select from one of the following tours and and experience the geological, archeological, natural, and cultural significance of each area. 

Learn more or book today! 

Day Passes

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.


Candlelight Tours & Private Tours at the Ham House

Candlelight Tours & Private Tours

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is in preparations for a Victorian Christmas that will once again feature festive tours from costumed interpreters of the home’s rich architecture and historical significance. Visitors can experience the Ham House by candlelight just as the Ham family would have prior to the invention of electricity. Or visitors can select to have a private day tour. Both tours will feature holiday decorations, including a traditional Victorian Christmas tree. Social distancing and masks are required for all tours.

Candlelight Tours are limited to 12 visitors plus 1 staff member. Dates and times are as follows:

Dec 5 - 6 PM      DEC 12 - 6 PM      DEC 19 - 6 PM
Dec 5 - 7 PM      DEC 12 - 7 PM      DEC 19 - 7 PM

Private Day Tours are limited to up to 6 individuals in 1 family and are a flat rate. Dates available are as follows. Select other times at the link, to choose from 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.

DEC 5 - 1, 2 or 3 PM  DEC 6 - 1, 2 or 3 PM

DEC 12 - 1, 2 or 3 PM   DEC 13 - 1, 2 or 3 PM

DEC 19 - 1, 2 or 3 PM   DEC 20 - 1, 2 or 3 PM

DEC 26 - 1, 2 or 3 PM   DEC 27 - 1, 2 or 3 PM

Museum Store Sales & Mathias Ham Store

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. This season, a special pop-up shop offers discount only merchandise! Every purchase includes great savings.

The Mathias Ham Historic Site Store is open Fridays noon to 5 p.m. For a peak at what is available at the Ham Site, click here