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The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum and aquarium dedicated to preserving the culture and history of America's rivers. It provides a comprehensive look at the river's past, present, and future and its ecosystems through dynamic exhibits and displays. The facility, part of the Dubuque County Historical Society, opened in 2003.

Visitors to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium can explore America's waterways' unique life and ecosystems. The facility is split into two main centers: the Mississippi River Center, focusing on the history and wildlife of the Mississippi River, and the National River Center, showcasing the diversity and importance of America's other rivers. Exhibits range from historical displays, such as riverboats and logging equipment, to aquariums filled with sturgeon, catfish, and turtles. A 4D theater and the River's Edge Wildlife Lodge also feature species like otters and bobcats.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is committed to conserving river ecosystems. It's involved in research and rehabilitation efforts for animals native to these environments, such as freshwater mussels and turtles. The facility also strongly emphasizes education, aiming to inspire stewardship of our waterways through informative exhibits, public programming, and outreach initiatives.

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    14 acres
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    Mississippi River Center || National River Center || River's Edge Wildlife Lodge || Mathias Ham House Historic Site || 4D/5D Theater || Historic Dubuque Shot Tower || RiverWorks Discovery
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    (563) 557-9545
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