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A Life in the Wild exhibit comes to the River Museum

Forty classic photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen, photographs which the renowned photographer himself refers to as his legacy photographs, have been personally selected for a retrospective traveling museum exhibition that launched in 2018 and is touring nationwide. The exhibition titled Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life in The Wild is scheduled for display at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from February 5, 2022, through February 1, 2023.   Photographs... Read More
at Monday, January 10, 2022

River Museum hosts first Sensory Morning

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium welcomes those on the autism spectrum, those with sensory processing disorders, and anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly environment for the River Museum’s first Sensory Morning on February 6. 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 extra and ambient sounds, and no distracting exhibit motions... Read More
at Friday, January 7, 2022

Grab your significant other or group of friends and RSVP for the Valentine’s Day Dinner

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinner has become a tradition for many tri-state couples and will move forward again in 2022. The five-course dinner will be held on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14, 2022, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with dinner service from 6-8 p.m. among the exhibits and aquariums in the Mississippi River Discovery Center. Registration is available through February 4 by calling Banquets Manager Teri Witt at... Read More
at Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Frozen fun in store for all ages at this year’s Ice Fest

January 15-16, 2022, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is welcoming visitors to its 18 th annual Ice Fest. Activities and demonstrations from the past and present will happen throughout the weekend and celebrate the winter season. Ice Fest is made possible by presenting sponsor Dupaco Community Credit Union. Both indoor and outdoor activities will be available for guests of all ages with additional children’s activities being held on the second floor in the... Read More
at Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Dubuque County Historical Society Receives Critical Funding from the Iowa Arts Council

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received two grant awards from two distinct grant programs created by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grant awards include $6,100 in funding from the Iowa Arts & Culture Marketing Grant program in support of the Society’s “Safe and Healthy Learning” marketing campaign aimed to promote its two museums, the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the... Read More
at Monday, November 22, 2021

Scuba Santa is Coming Back to the River Museum

Scuba Santa is back for another year at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. December 4-5, 2021, swing by and snag a picture with him in our Gulf of Mexico Aquarium. Santa is taking a break from his workshop and will in our aquarium from noon to 1 p.m. both days. The experience is included with general admission into the River Museum. Special thanks to Kendall Hunt Publishing, Westmark Enterprises, Great River Learning, Fourge Social, TH Media, and U.S. Bank for helping... Read More
Posted by Luke Maiers at Thursday, November 4, 2021

Elwell & Beers inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame

As pioneers in their respective fields, and for their work connected to the rivers of America, William Harry Clarence Elwell and Julie Hart Beers will be inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame on November 5, 2021, at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. William Harry Clarence Elwell (1866-1949) moved with his wife and kids to McGregor, Iowa, in 1893. Having worked as a traveling salesman in St. Louis prior to the move, he had experience in the business world. Two... Read More
at Thursday, November 4, 2021

Dubuque County Historical Society’s Everybody’s Museum Membership Program is Awarded $1,500

The Dubuque County Historical Society was recently awarded $1,500 by the City of Dubuque’s Arts & Culture Creative Resiliency Grant Program. This will support the Everybody’s Museum Membership (EMM) Program. This free program is an equitable education initiative aimed to serve low-income populations through free outreach programs, memberships, bus grants, and youth camp scholarships. Memberships also include admission to the River Museum and Mathias Ham Historic Site,... Read More
at Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Pushing Inland Waterway Issues Forward, Peter Stephaich honored by National Rivers Hall of Fame

Peter Stephaich has served the river industry for over 30 years. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Blue Danube Incorporated and Campbell Transportation Company, Inc., which employs approximately 500 people, owns 50 boats and 1,200 barges, and operates two shipyards. For his accomplishments and dedication to the barge industry, Stephaich will be honored by the National Rivers Hall of Fame during the Annual Waterways Symposium hosted by Waterways Council, Inc. in St. Louis, MO, Nov. 2... Read More
at Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Longtime Kirby Corporation CEO, Joseph H. Pyne, honored by National Rivers Hall of Fame

Joseph H. Pyne, Kirby Corporation’s former CEO and a significant leader in the river industry, will be honored by the National Rivers Hall of Fame during the Annual Waterways Symposium hosted by Waterways Council, Inc. this November in St. Louis, Mo. Pyne is the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Achievement Award, a distinction bestowed on individuals making significant contributions to America’s waterways. Pyne was selected as the 2021 Achievement Award recipient for his... Read More
at Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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