National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium


350 E 3rd St
Dubuque, IA 52001
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Phone: 563-557-9545 or 800-226-3369

Part museum, part aquarium, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium includes 3 buildings housing historic artifacts and exhibits, terrestrial habitats, aquariums, and hands-on activities as well as the William M. Black steam dredge boat–a National Landmark vessel.

Guests will discover numerous species of fish, amphibians, and turtles found within the Mississippi River and its watershed as well as otters, a bald eagle, a barn owl, an American kestrel, and several brackish water and saltwater species found in the Delta and Gulf regions including stingrays, an American alligator, a moray eel, and upside down jellyfish.

The campus boasts a 3D/4D theater, two gift shops, a cafe, and numerous daily activities, including a chance to feed the stingrays.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


We are open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please visit our website for up-to-date hours.


Prices range from $15.95 to $20.95. Please visit our website for more information.

Details for this Attraction:

Special Offers
The River Museum is now participating in the Museums for All program. To access this discount, you must present your photo ID and SNAP EBT Benefits Card at the box office.