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    National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

    Front of Building“The face of the river, in time, became a wonderful book…which told its mind to me without reserve…it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.”  – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883)

    The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is telling many happy stories this summer, where it is celebrating its grand opening after twelve years of research, planning, fundraising, constructing and collecting of animals and artifacts.

    The Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, is a strategic investment partner site with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.  The Mississippi River is an internationally known natural wonder – one of the largest rivers in the world, one of the top five must-see attractions in the United States.  The Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a part of honoring, preserving and using “America’s River.”  Organized as a private nonprofit organization in 1950, the Mississippi River Museum became one of only 9% of American Museums to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

    This highly interactive river attraction celebrates the past, present and future of America’s most important waterway.  Fiber optic technology, a state-of-the-art immersion theater, and continuous living history demonstrations bring the exciting river campus to life.  There is so much to do at this hands-on museum!  Visitors can enjoy riverboat exhibits, a theatre and library, a boardwalk trail through a wetland, floor-to-ceiling aquarium, and plenty of live creatures including fish, turtles, alligators, snakes and otters.

    At the Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium you will find boats, treasures, and stories that represent 3000 years of river history.  Join the 53,250 others who visited in the first 30 days of the Museum & Aquarium being open, and you will have a memorable and fascinating experience!
    Visit the museum online at to find out more!

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