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We want to inspire you through educational programs that bring history and rivers to life!

Join the River Museum in person or virtually, or let our staff come to you! Our experienced educators offer a wide range of programs and programming for youth and adults alike. Learn more with some of the options below.

School Group Tours


Prepare to take an entertaining and informative journey as you join our Museum & Aquarium educators in exploring the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium or the Mathias Ham Historic Site! Our programming provides many STEM-based options that you can take back to your classroom! Check out bus grant opportunities.

Plan Your School Group Tour

Prepare for a full STEAM experience through our 2022-2023 partnership with the University of Dubuque Heritage Center!


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Outreach Programs

Bring the Museum & Aquarium to your school or organization! Here you can learn about our programs, submit an inquiry form, and meet our Animal Ambassadors. We have several outreach programs to suit your educational focus and age group. We are also happy work with you to adjust our programming to meet your age group or theme requirements.

Learn More About Outreach Programs 

Live Distance Learning


Bring the River Museum to your classroom virtually through distance learning! Join our staff as we present virtual programs, live from the River Museum, to your participants. Distance learning options are presented using Zoom. We are also happy to adjust our programming to meet your age group and requirements.

Live Distance Learning Program List

Customized Programming

Work with our educators to customize a program for your school or library. We can adjust our programming to meet your desired topic, age group and district requirements. Check out our testimonials to see how we have customized educational experiences for other local institutions.

If you are interested in creating a custom learning experience for your school or library please contact Kaelyn Howe at 563-557-9545 x222 or TODAY!

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Camps & Programs

From on-site adventures to outreach programs that rock, the Museum & Aquarium provides a wide variety of fun historic, cultural, and STEM-related camps and programs for youth!

Camps & Programs

Student Ocean Conference


The Student Oceans Conference is an annual intensive watershed workshop held at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, throughout Dubuque County, and on the Mississippi River. This workshop is designed to inspire watershed stewardship ethics in high school students.

Student Oceans Conference

Who Works The River

RiverWorks Discovery offers the opportunity to explore career options through our Who Works the Rivers program (WWR). This program touches on the Careers in Maritime Commerce, Culture, and Conservation and can be easily adapted to meet state and district standards. this program is targeted to supplement High School STEM programs, Community College Career programs, and College students.

Learn More About Who Works The River