National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Established June 28, 2003
Location Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Type Aquarium, History,
Natural history, Science
Visitors 250,000+ annually[1]
CEO Kurt Strand
Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a museum located in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. The museum is a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society,[1] with two centers on the riverfront campus: the Mississippi River Center and the National River Center.[2]

The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)[3] and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).[4]

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Campus[edit]

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is home to museum exhibits on the culture and history of America's rivers. The campus also includes over a dozen aquariums featuring wildlife representative of that found in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and other river systems and deltas, including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, frogs, turtles, rays, octopus, river otters, and more. There are also outdoor exhibits, featuring river otters, a marsh, and large artifacts, such as boats, a blacksmith shop, a stream, and raptor aviaries including bald eagle.

Permanent exhibits[edit]

William Woodward Mississippi River Center

Diamond Jo National River Center

  • RiverWays
  • Craver Stingray Touch Tank
  • Rivers to the Sea
  • RiverWorks
  • National Rivers Hall of Fame
  • Mississippi River Plaza
  • River's Edge Cafe
  • 3D/4D Large-format Digital Theater

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium". Encyclopedia Dubuque. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium". National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "American Association of Museums". AAM. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". AZA. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "National Mississippi River Museum". Mississippi River Adventures. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NMRMA permanent exhibits". Archived from the original on October 29, 2006. Retrieved April 27, 2007. 

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Coordinates: 42°29′48″N 90°39′41″W / 42.4968°N 90.6613°W / 42.4968; -90.6613