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Dubuque County Historical Society receives grant from City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support program

The City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program recently awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $28,000 for general operating support for fiscal year 2022. As a steward of the region’s history, DCHS has become a key community partner for humanities-based programming and informal learning. Its mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational opportunities where history and rivers come alive. The organization works to fulfill this... Read More
at Monday, September 27, 2021

Wahlert Family Foundation supports free access to National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium educational opportunities

The Wahlert Family Foundation recently awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $3,000 towards its Everybody’s Museum Membership (EMM) program. Guided by its efforts to support the lives of those less fortunate and contribute to the betterment of life in Dubuque, Iowa, the Foundation’s financial support will be used to provide equal access opportunities to the underserved of Dubuque County. This includes free access for EMM program participants to visit the... Read More
at Thursday, September 23, 2021

Anderson Corporate Foundation provides free National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium memberships to those in need through

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s equitable education initiative, Everybody’s Museum Membership (EMM) program, recently received a financial boost from the Andersen Corporate Foundation in the amount of $5,000. With a mission to improve lives and strengthen communities where Andersen employees live and work, the Foundation’s gift will provide free memberships to Dubuque residents from underserved, low-income families as well as... Read More
at Tuesday, September 21, 2021

McDonough Foundation supports Mathias Ham House restoration efforts

The James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation has awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $20,000 for restoration efforts at the Mathias Ham House located at 2241 Lincoln Ave. in Dubuque, Iowa. Built and expanded over the course of the mid-1800s, the Mathias Ham House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the last four years, DCHS has taken strategic steps to plan and prepare for the execution of a Mathias Ham House restoration. Guided by a historic... Read More
at Sunday, September 19, 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

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

Smithsonian Museum Day scheduled for April 4 at Mathias Ham Historic Site

The community is invited to celebrate Museum Day at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The annual celebration is led by Smithsonian magazine in partnership with Smithsonian affiliates across the country. Museum Day tickets are available at . Each ticket provides free admission for up to two people on Saturday, April 4, and one ticket is available per email address submitted. Costumed interpreters will be available at... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Members invited to attend Pet Paw-ty

Members! You’re invited to a Pet Paw-ty at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society on February 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event includes creating DIY dog and cat toys, which will then be donated to the animals in the shelter. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and attendees will get a chance to meet some of the shelter’s furrier residents. Anyone passionate about animal welfare is encouraged to attend, regardless of age. Children under eight may need parental assistance in... Read More
at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

River Museum Helps Barrens Topminnow Fight for Survival

The Barrens Topminnow is facing a “one, two punch” in its fight for survival, as the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium joins its corner to go the distance in a hopeful comeback.  The rise of invasive species to the Mississippi River Watershed and habitat destruction due to land use are among the threats that led to the Barrens Topminnow’s introduction to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species in October of this year. Found exclusively in a couple... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Scuba Santa to return December 14 & 15

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holidays once again with a visit from Scuba Santa from 11 a.m. to noon on December 14 and 15, 2019. Taking a break from his holiday preparations, Santa will be scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium and taking photos with guests through the glass. Scuba Santa is included with general admission, as is the River Museum’s newest exhibit,  Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! For fans of... Read More
at Sunday, November 3, 2019