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Party for the Planet scheduled for April 24

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s annual Party for the Planet celebration is back in 2021, providing rich resources and activities to engage guests in protecting and improving our wildlife and waters. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, the River Museum will host several outdoor activities and booths showcasing the efforts of our conservation partners, as well as indoor engagement opportunities showcasing our conservation work with wildlife and clean... Read More
at Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Barn Owl and American Kestrel at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium receive names

Two raptors brought to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in recent years have been named in an effort to educate and raise awareness among the public on the importance of conservation. As indicator species, the Barn Owl and American Kestrel are part of the organization’s outreach and distance learning programs. They serve as Ambassador Animals, educating audiences on the important role these predators play in the ecosystem and inspiring care of our lands and waters.... Read More
at Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Dubuque County Historical Society receives funding from Dubuque Racing Association

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce that the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) awarded the River Museum $10,000 in funding to support the acquisition of primary equipment to outfit the River Museum’s forthcoming River of Innovation Maker Space.  Critical funding from DRA supports the River Museum’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education initiatives and its mission to... Read More
at Monday, March 29, 2021

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Looks to Make a Splash

Families can “dive in” to a new experience with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! opening May 15, 2021. The new exhibit is based on the popular PBS KIDS TV show Splash and Bubbles, a hit animated series that encourages children to explore ocean science and marine biology through character-driven comedy. The series is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Entertainment Studios and... Read More
at Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Efforts Reveal New Life and Hope for Florida Corals

Nearly 1,600 river miles separate Eastern Iowa from the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico, yet that same distance also connects the Gulf to Florida corals’ hope for survival.   A disease devasting corals in the Florida Reef Tract was first observed off the shores of southeast Florida in 2014. Since then, the disease has quickly spread to coral colonies in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Belize, and even Jamaica. The severity of the disease, known as stony coral tissue loss,... Read More
at Monday, March 1, 2021

Society receives $175,000 in recovery grant funds

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received an Iowa Arts and Cultural Recovery Program grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The $175,000 in recovery grant funds provides critical operational support for the Society’s two museums, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Mathias Ham Historic Site, as they navigate the impact of closures, cancellations, and low visitation during the coronavirus global pandemic.... Read More
at Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ice Fest 2021 is Back!

January 2021 will mark the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s 17 th annual Ice Fest, presented by Dupaco Community Credit Union. Slated for Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, the annual event celebrates the winter season of the past and present through engaging activities and demonstrations. New to 2021, guests will be invited to the River Museum’s settler’s cabin to discover how the area’s earliest settlers survived the winter months. The River... Read More
at Monday, December 21, 2020

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces passing of Momma, one of its original North American River Otters

She was a young, soon-to-be mother when Momma, one of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s original North American River Otters, came to the aquarium. Now, 16 years later, the River Museum family is heartbroken to announce the passing of one of its oldest and most memorable residents, Momma. Arriving in fall of 2004, Momma, named for her impending motherhood, gave birth to three healthy female pups shortly after joining the aquarium. Her keepers fondly... Read More
at Monday, December 7, 2020

2020 Historic Preservation Award Nominations Sought

The Dubuque County Historical Society, along with the Dubuque County Preservation Commission, is seeking nominations from the community for their annual Historic Preservation Awards. Since 1975, these awards have recognized citizens of Dubuque County who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation through historically-sensitive restoration and preservation of their residential, commercial or civic properties. Historic properties in Dubuque County are eligible for the awards. To... Read More
at Monday, December 7, 2020

Outdoor Adventures offer small group activity during pandemic

On the heels of the organization announcing Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is taking its mission to the great outdoors through Outdoor Adventures. Now available through reservation or gift certificate, River Museum education and conservation staff are providing guided outdoor experiences with seasoned and knowledgeable guides. Two different guided experiences are being offered at Horseshoe Bluff and E.B. Lyons recreational areas. River... Read More
at Friday, December 4, 2020