The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
source: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
350 E 3rd St
Port of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 557-9545
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Top Shelf Awards Results


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  • 2015 Best Museum 4th Place
  • 2014 Best Museum 1st Place
  • 2013 Best Museum 1st Place
  • 2012 Best Museum 1st Place
  • 2011 Best Museum 1st Place
  • 2010 Best Museum 2nd Place
  • 2009 Best Museum 2nd Place
  • 2008 Best Museum 1st Place

Map & Directions


  • Monday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Friday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday:
    9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday:
    9 am - 5 pm

About this Place

Take an entertaining and informative journey at the newly expanded campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Enjoy nationally recognized exhibits and programing, dynamic aquariums, the outdoor wetland area and boatyard plaza, new 3D/4D Theater, and more! One Campus, two centers, endless possibilities for adventure...

WILLIAM WOODWARD DISCOVERY CENTER offers historical exhibits plus six large aquariums that let you get “up close and personal” with river otters, alligators, giant catfish, and ancient sturgeon of the Mississippi River.
NATIONAL RIVER CENTER is the latest addition to the Museum & Aquarium campus and the new home of the National Rivers Hall of Fame. The National River Center includes three main galleries (River Ways, Rivers to the Sea and RiverWORKS), ocean aquariums, a 3D/4D theater, the Bowell River Library, and more!

New for 2012!
>"Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches" (open through Nov. 25, 2012)
>Mississippi Plaza outdoor plaza


Jul 26