An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium engages visitors in exploration of the history, culture, animals and conservation found along the Mighty Mississippi River and rivers of America.
Enjoy dynamic aquariums and historical exhibits, a boatyard, the William M. Black dredge boat, and wetland area along our 14-acre campus. Up close and personal experiences with live animals take place daily, including Creature Features and various touch tanks.
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 Historic Site.
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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. Inquire with group sales or the museum stores.
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.
For group pricing and reservations, please contact Nate Breitsprecker, 563-557-9545 x214, nbreitsprecker@rivermuseum.
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