A real-time, 60-day adventure rowing education expedition!
Join the Adventure!
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The non-scary, family fun Halloween event!
October 26th
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Grab your BFFs for a night of shopping, wine tasting, and fun!
October 9th
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See an exhibit of the Iowa winners of the environmental poetry and art contest
River of Words
Sept. 8 - 26
September’s theme is “E is for Eel!” See calendar post at right for details.
Toddler Tuesday
Sept. 16
Come and see the exciting and complex world of turtles, up close and in person.
Turtles: Secrets of the Shell
Open daily 9AM - 5PM

Open daily at 9:00 a.m.


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Here's What's New

October 4, 2014

An expedition team from OAR Northwest Organization is paddling down the length of the Mississippi River, educating students along the way. This 90-day voyage began September 2, and the crew will be stopping at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from October 4th through October 7th. A special presentation that is open to the public will be on Saturday, October 4th at 6 pm in the Museum & Aquarium’s 4D Theater. Presentations will also be made October 6th and 7th at area schools and the Museum & Aquarium. Times are not yet determined for those presentations.

OAR Northwest has been innovating research and education methods since it was founded in 2005. Their past excursions include treks across bodies of water from around the world, including the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. This marks the first year of Adventure: Mississippi River, which will be an annual event in the future.

With Adventure: Mississippi River, OAR Northwest hopes to spread awareness about one of the most important bodies of water in the United States. By using interactive tools, classrooms are able to follow along and communicate with the expedition team, enriching the learning experience for the students. Students will learn about the environmental impacts of their actions, the diverse animals that call the Mississippi home, and how their local community affects the river. Free curriculum is delivered directly to teachers’ emails and from the online OAR Northwest Education page.

October 9, 2014

Halloween fun isn’t just for kids anymore. On October 9th from 5:30 to 8pm, the Museum Store at the National River Center building will be hosting a fun-filled night of shopping, wine tasting, live entertainment, free snacks and light appetizers, and more! Wear your best witch hat to receive a complimentary “Witch’s Brew” and enter the Witches Cackling Contest to win fantastic prizes! The first 100 witches receive door prizes! Get a 20% discount all evening on Museum Store purchases! Witches Night Out is not just for the ladies, men are welcome too! Admission is Free for NMRMA Members or $5.00 for non-members.

October 26, 2014

The Dubuque County Historical Society celebrates its 26th annual Trick-or-Treat event at the Museum & Aquarium on Sunday, October 26 from 4 to 7 pm. Guests are invited to walk the decks of the William M. Black steamboat and explore the boatyard and wetland areas, while meeting various characters giving treats out along the way.

The Trick-or-Treat event provides a safe, non-scary and family fun experience for children 12-years-old and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event costs $4.00 per person ages 3 and older; regular Museum & Aquarium admission charges do not apply at this event since it takes place outdoors in the boatyard plaza. The Historical Society permits costumes but, for safety reasons, no masks. Remember, no strollers are allowed on the William M. Black boat.

Tuesday, September 16

The Museum & Aquarium offers a program for toddlers on a Tuesday of each month. The Toddler Tuesday Program is for children ages 2 to 4 years old. Each month features a new theme and fun activities, including a story and craft project too!

The theme for September 16th is "E is for Eel!" and October 21st is "F is for Fox." Cost is just $5 per child and FREE for the one accompanying adult or guardian (cost is for program only, regular admission not included).

Advance sign-up is required. Please call 563-557-9545 ext. 212 or send an email to mkilgore@rivermuseum.com.


See the antics of our playful river otters.