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Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive!
Meet our buffleheads. He sports a classic black and white look with glossy green and purple feathers. She is more subdued in gray-brown feathering. These “lovebirds” can be found in our Backwater Marsh exhibit. And in the wild, buffleheads can be found in the forests of northern North America. THey are the smallest diving ducks in North America, and the term “bufflehead” is a direct reference to the duck’s large-headed appearance. These ducks, unlike other diving ducks, can take flight from water without having to run along the surface.
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Traveling on water was the quickest and most common mode of transportation for early Native Americans. Canoes made of bark were fairly easy boats to build, they were fast, and they could haul heavy loads, yet were still light enough to be carried by one man when portaging. The materials used in building a birch bark canoe included not only bark from the birch tree, but also spruce root, cedar planks, and pine pitch for sealing the seams.
The Museum & Aquarium's vision is to become the world's leader in interpreting and protecting the life, history and culture of our rivers, to create a more global, knowledgeable and engaged citizen. Among our many conservation efforts are citizen science programs, propagation of endangered species, promotion of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, and above all else, education.