In This Issue
Quick Links
Visit our Website!
Association of Zoos & Aquariums Reciprocity List
There's No Better Time to Become a Member!

There is no better time than NOW to be a Member! Members will have the first access to tickets AND a sneak preview of the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during opening weekend May 23-25. Limited space is available. Reservation information will be announced soon

For information on membership, click here.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Museum & Aquarium's daily operation. In 2014, volunteers served nearly 13,000 hours - equivalent to over $250,000 of in-kind time and talent! Every day, volunteers are making a tangible contribution to our organization and community. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an email with your name, phone number, and questions to
Under Construction
The Battle for the Mississippi: Key to Victory in the Civil War and Turtles: Secrets of the Shell are now closed. The second floor of the Mississippi River Center is under construction to prepare for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening May 23rd.
Be on the Lookout!
Mark your calendars for Friday, February 6 from 
4-7pm for the Third Annual Community Block Party, hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque! Stop by the Roshek Building lobby for this free community celebration of area non-profits. 

Kids will have fun at the Kid's Corner featuring Matter Creative Center and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Vote for our booth and help us win a $1,000 grant!

RiverWorks Discovery  Traveling Exhibit
See the RiverWorks Discovery Traveling Exhibit at the St. Louis Union Station now through May 3rd! 
Plaza Pavers
Order your paver today for spring installation!

The Mississippi Plaza connects our two buildings - the William Woodward Mississippi River Center and the Diamond Jo National River Center - to create one comprehensive river campus.


There are three options for personalized pavers; a 12"x12", 12"x24" and 24"x24". There is also an option for a wrought-iron bench. We are offering payment plans for the pavers at $1250 and above as well the option to make your gift through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and qualify for the Endow Iowa tax credit.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We hope that you will help us in paving a path to the future...


Click for brochure.


1 Mississippi  February Calendar
1 Mississippi

Join 1 Mississippi at their February events:

February 3rd-4th

Driftless Area Symposium
LaCrosse, WI 

February 4th 6:30pm
Green Drinks at Monk's
373 Bluff Street
Dubuque, IA

February 12th 5:30pm
Dubuque Audubon Society Meeting more info
Dubuque, IA

February 13th 
Eagle View Sierra Club Trivia Night more info
Davenport, IA

February 17th
2015 Environmental Lobby Day more info
Des Moines, IA 
Issue#E8/Vol. 2
                                                                                       February 2015
Recent News
The Museum & Aquarium is now on Winter Hours and is open from 10 am to 5 pm. We will continue on these hours until Memorial Day weekend.

The Mathias Ham House and the Old Jail Museum are closed for the season. They will reopen Memorial Day weekend.
Night in N'awlins - February 12th 
Valentine's Day Dinner - February 14th
Toddler Tuesday Program - February 17th
The Museum & Aquarium offers a program for toddlers on a Tuesday of each month. The Toddler Tuesday Program is from 10AM to 11AM and 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 February 17th is "J is for Jellyfish" and March 17th is "K is for Kingsnake". 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

Spring Break Amazing Afternoons

On Fridays and Saturdays between March 13 and 28, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will be hosting - Spring Break Amazing Afternoons for kids ages 5-12!Spring Breakers will experience several hands-on activities including live animal encounters, fun interactive games and crafts, and explore all of the wildlife the aquarium has to offer. Click Here for details on each camp.


Pricing for each session: $20/non-members, $15/members. Registration is required by March 2, 2015. Refunds are permitted up to seven days before the program, with exception of low attendance or weather-related cancellations. For further information contact 563-557-9545 x 213 or



Thank YOU!

THANK YOU to our 2014 annual appeal SUPPORTERS! The annual appeal campaign, which launched in early October 2014, raised over $57,000. Your contribution went towards our ongoing educational programming, collections, and critical annual needs. 


Miss the window for annual appeal? Not to worry, donating in 2015 still counts! Click here to help continue our path to success.  


Need a reptile?
Turtle sculptures for sale - The Museum & Aquarium has four turtle sculptures for $250 each, from our Turtles: Take to the Streets public art exhibit. If you would like to add one of these works of art to your collection please contact Vicky Sutter to arrange payment and pick up at: Thanks to all of our previous sponsors for making Turtles: Secrets of the Shell an amazing exhibit. 
Rivers Hall of Fame Board Member in the Spotlight
Captain Ike Hastings was featured in an article this month on The article discussed Hastings' love of building boats over the course of his ninety-year life. After recently completing his 47th boat, Hastings was approached by History Channel producers to take part in a new series entitled 
Mississippi Men. In the new show which debuted this month, Hastings' is followed by cameramen to document his journey down the Mississippi River in his one-of-a-kind boat. The boat featured in the show, the
Pickett Hastings, is currently parked at the ice harbor in Dubuque.


For the Journal Standard article, click here.

For more on the History Channel series Mississippi Men, click here


We Hope You Liked It!
If you have enjoyed this newsletter, please feel free to forward it to your friends and family members so that they may enjoy it too!
If you have comments, suggestions, or questions about this newsletter, please contact us at
The Dubuque County Historical Society operates the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame, Mathias Ham House Historic Site, Old Jail Museum, and Dubuque Guide Service. All museum properties are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and are in association with the Smithsonian Institution. DCHS historical properties (Mathias Ham House, Old Jail Museum) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




Stay In the Know!
For up to the minute information on what's going on at the Museum & Aquarium, like us on Facebook!

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is home to the
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is also a proud sponsor of the national outreach program
Dubuque County Historical Society | 563-557-9545 | 800-226-3369 |

350 East Third Street
Dubuque, IA 52001