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Sarah and Macy present a Haunting on Lincoln Ave.

A Haunting on Lincoln Ave. is returning to the Mathias Ham Historic Site on October 22. Daytime half hour guided tours will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with two evening one hour tours at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. A special twist has been added for this year. Both afternoon and evening tours will be led by the Ham’s “daughters,” Sarah and Macy. Sarah and Macy will reveal the history and stories the house has to offer while preparing and holding their own Halloween... Read More
at Monday, September 26, 2022

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Awards River Museum Grant

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium was recently awarded a large grant for its Rivers to the Sea Gallery from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. The River Museum will receive $200,000 that will help complete the final stages of the project’s third phase. Carver’s generous support will help fund the design-build, fabrication, and installation of the River Museum’s newest permanent exhibit. Renovations are underway for the reimagined Rivers to the Sea... Read More
at Tuesday, September 13, 2022

DCHS Receives Funding for Projects

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has received several grants this summer that will benefit the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. These funds will support programs, new exhibits, and renovations to DCHS’s facilities. State Historical Society of Iowa - $32,000 - State funding will help replace the sprinkler system of the William M. Black National Historic Landmark. Being one of 25 historic landmarks in Iowa, the preservation... Read More
at Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A Competition is Coming to the River Museum

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is hosting a new event on September 8 th called The Great Museum Race. Registration opens on July 8 th , and teams will compete in many different games with the top three teams taking home prizes. Teams of up to four will take on 15 tasks including memory games, physical challenges, and single and multi-player activities. Participants are encouraged to wear the proper clothing for the competitions. Cheerleaders are welcome to attend free... Read More

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Award Over $9 Million in Second Wave of Federal Reimbursement Funds for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic

The River Museum has been awarded over $30,000 in relief funding. A full release is included below. We are proud to be part of this amazing group of institutions working to care for endangered species and rescued and confiscated wildlife at risk of extinction. These funds will support our ongoing efforts to care for these animals while providing impactful relief funding. During our 10-week closure during 2020, our organization saw to the continued care and related mechanical, water, and... Read More
at Friday, July 1, 2022

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