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4th of July Ice Cream Social Named for Audrey Hammer

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is celebrating Independence Day this year with its annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its location on Lincoln Ave. in Dubuque. The event is getting a new addition to its name for 2022, and will be the Audrey Hammer 4th of July Ice Cream Social moving forward. Hammer was a long-time tour guide at the Ham Site and volunteered at the ice cream social annually. A former teacher, Hammer had a passion for education and service to... Read More
at Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Dubuque residents are invited to connect with our waters at a free concert

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Multicultural Family Center are jointly hosting a free concert at Miller Riverview Park, located at 1851 Admiral Sheehy Dr., on June 22nd from 4-7 p.m. The concert will feature local teens and artists from R&B and hip-hop genres with the intent to connect teens and residents of Dubuque with the river and public lands in a safe and culturally relevant way. The concert is made possible with support from an Association of Zoos &... Read More
at Monday, June 6, 2022

River Museum hosts Another Sensory Morning

Building off of the success of the first Sensory Morning, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is welcoming those on the autism spectrum, those with sensory processing disorders, and anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly environment to the River Museum’s second Sensory Morning on June 25. Regular admission rates will apply. From 8-10 a.m., the River Museum will host a sensory-friendly event throughout its campus. The Museum will have dimmed lighting, limited... Read More
at Monday, May 16, 2022

Full slate of events planned for the Mathias Ham Historic Site

A full summer of events is planned at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. Opening Memorial Day weekend for the 2022 season, the Ham House will feature a new summer exhibit “To Have and To Hold” highlighting wedding dresses and artifacts from the Dubuque County Historical Society. The exhibit is included with Ham House tours, which are available Thursday through Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Price for self-guided tours is $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for... Read More
at Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Taste of Summer Series is Returning to the River Museum

Taste of Summer received a new look at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium last year. The annual event changed to a series instead of a stand-alone event in 2021. Due to a positive reception from attendees, the format is returning for 2022 with events scheduled on the first Thursday of the month—June 2, July 7, and August 4. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. The event will run until 9 p.m. Guests are invited to... Read More
at Monday, May 9, 2022

Stories of life along the Mississippi River inspire names for River Museum’s orphaned otters

The orphaned North American River Otters at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium have become fast friends since meeting at the River Museum. Therefore, it should come as no surprise then that their new names reference that bond. Susan and Ed Ritts, supporters of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which owns and operates the River Museum, were granted the honor of naming the otters. “We named the otters for characters from Mark Twain’s novels,” the couple... Read More
at Friday, May 6, 2022

Summer Camp Scholarships Available with support from Walmart, Tim & Nancy Butler

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been providing engaging summer camp experiences to area youth for over 15 years. For many of those years, the organization has sought support to provide scholarships to youth in need of assistance. Thanks to support from Walmart and Tim & Nancy Butler, the River Museum will be offering a limited number of scholarships for its 2022 summer camps. Scholarships are available for those utilizing one of four qualifying programs: SNAP... Read More
at Thursday, May 5, 2022

Forever Forest is Opening Soon at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Forever Forest , presented by J. Kubitz Logging, will open in the upper level of the Mississippi River Discovery Center at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium on May 28, 2022. The 2,000 square-foot exhibit helps children draw connections between their lives and forests. Forever Forest contains hands-on activities focused on forest life and sustainable harvesting; lumber transportation with a realistic kid-sized replica of a Union Pacific engine and mini grapple... Read More
at Sunday, May 1, 2022

River Museum to host Summer Job Fair

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is hosting two Summer Job Fairs at its Mississippi River Discovery Center (Paddlewheel Building), located at 350 E. 3 rd St. in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. and May 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Interested applicants can complete applications in advance or at the job fair. Resumes and cover letters are also accepted. On the spot interviews will be held, and those who interview will receive a free ticket to the museum.... Read More
at Thursday, April 28, 2022

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium take steps to protect its birds from Avian Influenza

On March 2, 2022, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (River Museum) was notified of a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza within the state of Iowa, in Potawatomie County. Upon receiving the information, the facility immediately began the process of reviewing its Avian Influenza Management Plan and taking initial steps to mitigate risk to our avian population. On April 25 th , 2022, the organization moved to level two in our management plan, which triggered... Read More
Posted by Luke Maiers at Tuesday, April 26, 2022