About the Museum
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium explores the culture and history of America’s rivers. Part museum, part aquarium, and part science center, the museum is home to numerous wildlife species that are found in the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and other river systems, including giant catfish, sturgeon, ducks, turtle, river otters, and more. Outdoor exhibits feature animals and animal habitats such as wetlands and streams, as well as artifacts, including boats and a blacksmith shop. The museum is also home to historical collections that preserve and interpret the rich history of Dubuque County, the Mississippi River, and the rivers of America, focusing on topics including Native American life, settlement, boat building, commerce, and conservation, among others. A research library and archive is also housed at the museum.