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Rivers to the Sea

Rivers to the Sea

Lionfish, an Octopus, and Sea Horses, Oh My!

Explore 12 new aquariums featuring 100 species of marine animals, a model Marshallese outrigger canoe, and interactive areas within the exhibit, all of which draw cultural and conservation connections from America's major watersheds to the oceans.


The addition of diverse ocean species provides the opportunity to learn about marine life not native to our area. Learn about lionfish, sea horses, octopus, moon jellies, just to name a few. Enjoy our new tidepool touch tank and pop-up bubble in the kelp forest.

Thank you to our generous donors for making this incredible exhibit come to life.

Eckstein Family
Dubuque County
Conlon Construction Co.
Chad & Laura Chandlee Family
Mark & Cheryl Falb
Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
C.J. & Mary Ann Gantz
Dupaco Credit Union
McCoy Group/McCoy Family Foundation
Chip & Julie Murray Family
Fred, Tracy, Mark, Ryan, Alex, Eric & Carolyn Fischer
Charlie & Campbell Fischer
Anderson Corporate Foundation
Alliant Energy Foundation
Errand Boys, LLC
Kurt & LeeAnn Strand
Brannon Monument Co.
Matt & Jennifer Spahn
Andy Allison
Wayne & Pam Buchholtz
City of Dubuque's Arts and Culture Gare Program
Mark Girardy
Dale & Sue Otto
Wendy & Brad Scardino
Abby Urban