350 East 3rd Street
Port of Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Wifi is available in our Mississippi River Center building. It is currently unavailable in the National Rivers Center, on the William M. Black, and at the Mathias Ham Historic Site.
On-site Wifi Password: museumguest
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IN THIS SECTION
Dec. 1, 2020 - Feb. 29, 2021
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
March 1 - May 28, 2021
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 29 - Sept. 6, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sept. 8 - Nov. 30, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ADMISSION + FILM
ADMISSION + 2 FILMS
Spend time with one of our experienced aquarists behind the scenes as you visit a variety of rooms used to care for and house our living collections. See where food is prepared, learn about our herp holding area, and take a visit behind the Main Channel. Guests will also get to speak with our aquarists about what their jobs entail and help an aquarist feed animals within either our Main Channel or Backwater Marsh Aquariums.
The experience is one hour in length and can be purchased in conjunction with general admission tickets or enjoyed as a standalone experience. It includes space for up to four individuals. Call 563.557.9545 x213 to inquire about larger groups.
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Enjoy our stingray feeding experience! A limited number of tickets are available for our daily morning and afternoon feedings. Admission to the River Museum is required, and visitors must select a specific date and time during purchase. Due to limited availability, there are no exchanges or refunds for this experience.
To maintain social distancing, a limit of one accompanying person is allowed in the stingray feeding area with a paid participant. Other family or group members may observe from the second floor viewing area. Participants under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult who will be asked to assist the child in proper feeding technique.
stingray feeding tickets
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, as well as our sister site, the Mathias Ham Historic Site, recognize and thank our active duty military, reserves, national guard, and veterans for their service through the Hodge Military Discount Program. This program is available exclusively at our box offices. The Hodge Military Discount Program cannot be combined with other offers and discounts; however, it includes:
Featuring a variety of hands-on exhibit components, Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin! invites children to discover a whole new world as they navigate an under-the-sea maze in a kelp forest, explore a sunken ship that has become an artificial reef, interact with puppet characters created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, become a Reeftown Ranger to learn to protect the ocean, and more!
Phase one of River of Innovation, the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works, is a new 3,000-square-foot permanent exhibit space featuring a working 19th century belt-driven machine that once created motors for racing boats on the Mississippi River.
Our immersion theater presents large format 3D sights and 4D special effects including dramatic sound, wind, mist, and seat movement.
Showtimes: 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
Playing through May 28, 2021
This is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D. You’re invited to explore these extraordinary and enchanted islands, whose remarkable inhabitants helped change the way we understand nature.
Showtimes: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Playing Mar. 1, 2021 - Sept. 6, 2021
As he scrambles to the sea, young Sammy the Sea Turtle takes an epic journey across the ocean to rejoin his friends. Along his travels he encounters piranhas, fish eagles, and secret passages, all while discovering humans’ impact to the planet. Sammy may be a tiny turtle but his will is bigger than the ocean.
The Wet Lab includes numerous natural artifacts including furs and fossils as well as an opportunity to view live crayfish and mussels.
Location: Wet Lab, Mississippi River Center Building
Location: Mississippi River Center, Journey Theater
Up to 6 guests are invited to participate in this interactive feeding twice daily. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis online or at the box office. Guests should arrive promptly at the designated time.
Location: Down in the Delta, First Floor of the National River Center Building
Board the William M. Black for a self-guided tour of the engine room, crew quarters, pilot house, and more!
Location: William M. Black
Watch the machine shop in motion and learn about this amazing machine and its history!
Location: River of Innovation
Meet one of our exciting Museum & Aquarium animals!
Location: Backwater Marsh, First Floor of the Mississippi River Center building
* All Times Subject to Change.
Located in each building, our Museum Stores offer unique children's toys and games, river apparel, Dubuque apparel, local wines and beers, books, jewelry, and more. Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase.