National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Aquarium, Museum, Zoo
350 E 3rd St
Dubuque, IA 52001
(800) 226-3369
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm


  • A must do: Catfish Charlie's in Dubuque. You should check out the gator nuggets. To die for ..
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  • There's a National Landmark Vessel in the harbor of the Boatyard Plaza, the William M. Black... whether it's history, boats or both you're interested in, you'll find it here at the Museum & Aquarium!
  • Annual passes are the way to go here if you're local to the area.
  • The fresh and salt water habitats are very interesting
  • A delightful journey into the culture and nature of Americas largest river system. Walk aboard historic steamboats, interact with wildlife (stingray petting), learn about river history & folklore.
  • Takes a good two hours to see the entire museum. Great family experience!
  • Fun place for any ages. All kinds of animals and a rotating exhibit upstairs.
  • Pretty cool to check out. Short 4D movies are kind of cool
  • Very disappointing. Guide looked at me like I was crazy when I stopped her description of all of the aquarium attractions to ask about historical information about the river.
  • Parking is free, so this is a great place to drop your car off if you're in the Dubuque for a day trip.
  • Very clean restrooms.
  • My kids can't get enough of this place. Every time we visit we see something new.
  • This museum continues to grow and add more exhibits all the much more to see than the last time we were here - you almost run out of time to see it all. Definitely worth the admission cost!
  • It's feeding time at the Water Snake Cage (across from the Beavers in the Flooded Forest) at 330pm. FREE LIVE Entertainment!!!
  • Get there before 3:30pm if you want to see Otters!
  • They do not like children with disabilities and canceled our membership rather than talk to us about what they did.
  • Awesome place! Great fun for the whole family!
  • The hotel next door is nice but more small kid oriented
  • The fabulous Gift Shop is having a "Sizzling Sidewalk Sale" tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, June 27-29. Check it out!

Nearby places

301 Bell St (at E 3rd St)
Mississippi Riverwalk (at Tower St.)