National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E 3rd St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 USA

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“Under the sea they do it better!”

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums — a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009. The Woodward Riverfront Campus houses the William Woodward Mississippi River Center, Diamond Jo National River Center, the National Rivers Hall of Fame, the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum, the Pfohl Boatyard, a wetland, and a refurbished train depot.

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Jeff M.

Great idea for a family day or two trip. Lots of information on the region and great exhibits and Friendly staff. The kids will love touching rays, and watching the otters play. They also do... Read more

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Ronnie B.

While visiting Dubuque for the first time ever, we chanced upon this fantastic treasure. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are two HUGE museums and aquariums showcasing the history... Read more

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If you live within three hours of this place, it's definitely worth seeing at least once, especially if you have kids. Really small kids might get bored. Teens might get bored, too. But I took... Read more

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E 3rd St
Dubuque, Iowa
52001 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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