National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, is just 11 miles from Galena Illinois at the Port of Dubuque in Dubuque Iowa and is "A New Adventure at Every Turn on the banks of the Mississippi"! There is so much to see at the two campus Museum, that your admission bracelet is honored for two days!
Highlights of the Museum are as follows:
1. Eight Large Aquariums and other exhibits to see catfish, turtles, river otters, ducks, frogs, snakes and alligators. Four Salt Water Aquariums host octopus, coral reef, sharks, rays and more!
2. 3D/4D Immersion Theater, now featuring "Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia" and "Deepo's Under Sea 3D Wondershow presents large format 3D sights and 4D special effects with sound, wind, mist and much more!
3. Interactive Children's "Museum within a Museum" with special activities and exhibits.
4. Tour the Steamboat William M. Black, a football field sized National Landmark, and Towboat and watch living history demonstrations.
5. Children's Play Area with pilot model boats.
6. Woodward Wetland--explore natural habitat of the Mississippi.
7. Fur Trader's Log Cabin--walk inside a Native American Cabin.
8. Towboat PilotHouse Simulator--steer a barge and be a pilot.
9. Enjoy the Keelboat audio theater and the Steamboat Invention Theater.
10. Browse the Capt. William Bowell River Library and view books, paintings, documents, photographs and manuscripts of America's River History.
Information obtained from National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium brochure. Visit www.rivermuseum.com for hours and rates.