National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Dubuque, IA

Where are we going?

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Mississippi Riverwalk
IA 52001


What is there to do?

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium gives you a unique opportunity to learn all about their historical collections, as well as their living collections - why? Because it's both a museum AND an aquarium of course!

This family-friendly day out along the grand Mississippi River has two very different types of collections, both of which will fascinate and educate!

The historical collections feature items of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which record the people of the county, as well as the Mississippi River Valley. Kids might be amazed at how much interesting history there is right under their feet!

These collections also explore the rivers of the USA, and their connection to the people and the environment. Kids can explore Native American life, as well as early settlement, commerce, river art, conservation, and even music!

Then of course, there is the aquarium within the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium! Kids can come face to face with sweet creatures such as otters, creatures from the flooded forest regions, the bayou, and even catfish and gar within their largest freshwater habitat - the Main Channel.

These exhibits really let kids learn about the different environments there are within the area, and how different the creatures are within each one.

Learning is made even more fun with various animal programs, including creature features, and fish feeding, and there is a super fun 3D and 4d theater experience - complete with sound, mist and wind to make the experience that much more real!

Great historic and ecological fun at this Mississippi museum and aquarium - what will you discover today!?

How much does it cost?

Adults: $15 admission only

Children: $10 (ages 3-17) admission only

Discount: 4D films combo saves money

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

They have extra wheelchairs and strollers on site available for guest use.

The William M. Black National Landmark vessel has limited access for wheelchairs and strollers. All other areas of the Museum & Aquarium are accessible.


When can we go?

9am - 6pm Memorial Day to Labor Day. 5pm close rest of year. 10am open March to May

Daily (closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving)


Any top tips?

Admission tickets are good for two consecutive days (valid only with receipt of purchase).

Don’t forget to explore the entire Museum & Aquarium, which includes two buildings, a National Landmark vessel and outdoor spaces.

Tickets to the 3D/4D Theater are separate from Admission; save money with the "Total Experience" packages… ask the box office upon your arrival for details.

Add a “Combo Ticket” to each admission for just $3 and visit our historical sites too!

I’m Hungry!

"River’s Edge Café" in the National River Center. </p> "Mississippi Grounds" coffee/snack counter in the Mississippi River Center. </p> Refreshments are also available at both Gift Shop locations.

Healthy Eating

Healthy snack options and vegetarian meal choices are available at the River’s Edge Café and the Mississippi Grounds snack counter. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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