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
May 23, 2020 - Sept. 7, 2020
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2020
Nov. 1, 2020 - Feb. 29, 2021
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Open Mondays when Dubuque schools
are not in session.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Closed at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
March 1, 2021 - May 28, 2021
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ADMISSION + FILM
ADMISSION + 2 FILMS
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Enjoy our stingray feeding experience! A limited number of tickets are available for our daily 2:30 p.m. feedings. Admission to the River Museum is required, and visitors must select a specific date at time of purchase. Due to limited availability, there are no exchanges or refunds for this experience.
(Stingray Feeding tickets are not available at this time.)
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:
Visit both of Dubuque's Smithsonian Affiliates, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Dubuque Museum of Art, with this dual ticket package. Make sure to check hours of operation for both institutions prior to purchase. More information on the Dubuque Museum of Art can be found at dbqart.com.
The Robot Zoo explores the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight robotic animals and a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics. The eight animals featured in the exhibit include a giant squid with 18-foot tentacles, a bat, a rhinoceros, a house fly with a 10-foot wingspread, a platypus, a grasshopper, a chameleon, and a giraffe whose head and neck alone stretch 9 feet into the air.
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.
Now playing through January 31, 2021.
What if our best friends are our best hope? Get ready to meet some of the most amazing four-legged heroes on earth. Narrated by Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger), this film shares the tales of some remarkable dogs and their life-saving superpowers. Rated G.
Showtimes: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Now playing through Feb. 28, 2021.
PREMIERING SUNDAY, MARCH 1 - Experience on the giant screen the remarkable true story of three animal species rescued from brink of extinction. Join this amazing adventure to save California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey and the wondrous migrating crabs of Christmas Island. Discover the heartfelt and ingenious human efforts to rescue endangered species around the world.
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.
Interested in a small selection of online items and curbside pick up? Visit our virtual store!