The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is where you can explore the Mighty Mississippi and the rivers of America at one site!

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum & Aquarium’s riverfront campus is the only interpretive center for the entire Mississippi River.

Take an informative, entertaining journey on the Mighty Mississippi: enjoy dynamic aquariums, historical exhibits, and a stroll through the wetlands and boatyard.

Each visit is truly interactive experience where you can get “up close and personal” with live critters, dive into history, and tour the National Landmark  dredgeboat William M. Black.

Our comprehensive river campus has an adventure waiting for you at every turn…and as a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society, your tour can also include the historic Mathias Ham House.

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  • Dubuque Guide Service

    Learn about the rich history of Dubuque through our step-on guide service. Our downtown historic site and architectural tour also includes scenic Eagle Point Park.

  • Behind the Scenes Tours

    Bring your Professional, Educational, or Collegiate group to learn about the inner workings of the Museum & Aquarium. Tour our Living Collections Department, Archives, or both! Requests must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance and are subject to approval on a case by case basis.