National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E. 3rd St.
Dubuque, IA 52001- Map It
(563) 557-9545

AAA Editor Notes

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is at 350 E. 3rd St. at the Port of Dubuque. Marine displays, a wetland nature trail, a boatyard and living history presentations reflect 300 years of river heritage at this 10-acre site. The William Woodward Mississippi River Center features freshwater aquariums and live animal exhibits. The Woodward Riverboat Museum highlights Mississippi River history in the Mark Twain's River exhibit. At the National River Center's River Ways Gallery visitors can learn how rivers contributed to our nation's natural and cultural history. The center's Rivers to the Sea Gallery explains how water travels from its source to reach the sea. The National Rivers Hall of Fame honors pioneers, artists and explorers. Children will enjoy the hands-on water-based activities and a saltwater aquarium available in the RiverWorks Gallery as well as the large format wide-screen 3-D/4-D theater. Visitors can observe working boat-building and blacksmith shops and the William M. Black dredge boat. A research library also is available. Animal talks and demonstrations are held daily. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours, 30 minutes minimum.
$15; $13 (ages 65+); $10 (ages 3-17). Combination ticket with Mathias Ham House Historic Site, Memorial Day-Labor Day $18; $16 (ages 65+); $13 (ages 3-17). 3-D/4-D film only $6; double feature $9. 3-D/4-D film with admission $4; double feature $6.
Hours: Daily 9-6, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; daily 9-5, day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; Tues.-Sun. 10-5, Nov.-Feb.; daily 10-5, rest of year. Phone ahead for animal talk and demonstration schedule. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (2-5) and Christmas.