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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

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

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Wins 2021 AASLH Award of Excellence

NASHVILLE, TN—June 3, 2021—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (River Museum) is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works Exhibit within its new River of Innovation Gallery. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Thursday, June 3, 2021

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium “gears up” for River of Innovation grand opening June 11

Since the opening of the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works within the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium last fall, the organization has been tirelessly working to complete the final two-thirds of what will be the John and Alice Butler River of Innovation Gallery . Named after lead donors John and Alice Butler, River of Innovation ’s public grand opening will take place the weekend of June 11-13, 2021. Building on the River Museum’s abundant historical,... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Monday, May 10, 2021

Mathis Ham Historic Site opens 2021 season with new exhibit

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will open for the season on Saturday, May 29, 2021, with a new exhibit entitled Sew Many Quilts! More than simple blankets, quilts have a long tradition of functionality, practicality, and beauty. Featuring a variety of quilts, Sew Many Quilts! is an introduction to quilt-making as a practical art form. Guests will discover the artistry and history associated with each quilt and foster an appreciation for the skill, ingenuity, and individuality displayed... Read More
at Thursday, April 29, 2021

RiverWorks Discovery, a nationwide outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, receives funding for a new traveling exhibit

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located in Dubuque, IA, and its national outreach program RiverWorks Discovery received a combined $200,000 from three foundations to support a new RiverWorks Discovery national traveling exhibit. The Walton Family Foundation awarded the project $100,000, with American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation awarding the project $50,000 each. Grants will support the design and development of this... Read More
at Monday, April 26, 2021

Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium prepares for new permanent additions

The Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium premiered in 2010 with the opening of the organization’s Diamond Jo National River Center. Updated in 2016 to include a stingray touch tank experience and aquariums representing delta habitats, the space has recently received a large boost toward a third phased update to the permanent exhibit space. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium... Read More
at Thursday, April 22, 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

This summer the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection this summer through a new premier exhibit The Robot Zoo presented by MidWestOne Bank . Adults and children will explore the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight robotic animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels... Read More
at Thursday, March 12, 2020

New exhibits at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium receive significant support through recent grants

In recent weeks, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded an overwhelming $255,000 by two area granting bodies. Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $250,000 in grant funding to support the River Museum’s new permanent exhibit, River of Innovation, slated to open in 2020. Comprised of a 19th century belt-driven machine shop, several interactive exhibits, and a maker space, River of... Read More
at Monday, December 2, 2019
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