| ||Local Museums and Tours|
Where do I take my kids? To our museums!
River Museum and Aquarium: Opened in June 2003 after 25 years
of raising $54 million to establish and expand upon the original
Mississippi River Museum.
The National Mississippi River
Museum and Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums
- a distinction held by 9 percent of American museums, and it was named
an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2003.
is located at 350 East Third St., 557-9545.
The river campus
also includes the William Woodward River Discovery Center, the National
Rivers Hall of Fame, the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum, a boatyard,
a wetland and a refurbished train depot.
Woodward Discovery Center: Has five large freshwater aquariums,
live animal exhibits, wet labs, towboat simulators and hands-on
activities that will educate and entertain.
National Rivers Hall of Fame: Offers stories of people who
pioneered the waterways of the United States, including Louis Armstrong,
Mark Twain, and Lewis and Clark.
- Fred W.
Woodward Riverboat Museum: Displays and celebrates the history
of riverboats on the Mississippi through exhibits and artifacts.
Woodward Wetlands: Includes a boardwalk trail that
winds along natural and living history outposts. See turtles, flora and
fauna and explore the natural habitat of the Mississippi.
Steamboat William M. Black: Is the size of a
football field and was a working dredge boat that once roamed the
Mississippi River. Overnight stays and dining soon will be available.
Educational Programs and Field Trips: Are available
for students from prekindergarten age to college-level and beyond. Call
- Historic Dubuque Tours: Also
available through the Historical Society.
Lyons Interpretive Center: At the Mines of Spain. Exhibits and
displays about the park and areas natural resources and history. Live