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There's No Better Time to Become a Member!

Heard of a little thing called Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition coming to the Museum? Become a member now and receive a sneak peek on opening weekend! You will not be disappointed! 

Under Construction
 The second floor of the Mississippi River Center is under construction to prepare for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening May 23rd. 
Mark your Calendars!
Saturday, April 18 from 
10am - 2pm for the Dubuque Family STEM Festival! Experience over 50 FREE and FUN activities at this hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fair being held for your family.

This year's new location is the Clarke University-Kehl Center! 

The Museum & Aquarium is excited to once again partner with this great event!
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1 Mississippi March Calendar
1 Mississippi

Join 1 Mississippi at their March events:

March 4 
Green Drinks at Inspire Cafe
Dubuque, IA 

March 14  
Day of Action for Rivers Hike with Mississippi Trails Hiking Club
Dubuque, IA

March 21 
Quad Cities Water Consortium at West High School
Davenport, IA

March 22
World Water Day

March 28
Sierra Club Environmental Film Festival at Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
RiverWorks Discovery  Traveling Exhibit
See the RiverWorks Discovery Traveling Exhibit at the St. Louis Union Station now through May 3rd! 
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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.
Toddler Tuesday Program - March 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 March 17th is "K is for Kingsnake" and April 21st is "L is for Largemouth Bass". 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 - NEW!

Between March 14 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 11:00 AM day of the program.  For further information contact 563-557-9545 x 213 or


New Summer Camps for 2015!

Museum and Aquarium Summer Camps are a great 

opportunity to learn AND have fun! 

Dive into our NEW summer camps sessions for a one of a kind experience. Camp sessions are for children in entering Kindergarten through middle school and include innovative activities, live animal encounters, games and crafts. Themes for 2015 are Kinder-Kamp, H2Oh Yeah!, Infinite Insects, and The Working River! For details on programs and registration information, click here to download. Registration is required by July 1, 2015.


Ways to Give

Great Give Day is back! 

The second annual Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event for Northeast Iowa nonprofits presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Last year's event raised $205,630 in just one day!


Start giving in 2 easy steps:

1. Starting at midnight on May 5, 2015, click on

  1. 2. View the leaderboard to find Dubuque County Historical Society and donate!


Every donation of $10 or more will support of our National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant of $750,000 and ensure longevity for the organization. Plus, gifts given that day will receive a portion of local and national bonus funds-making your dollars go further. We hope you will consider supporting us on May 5!
Seeking Summer Camp Sponsors!

This summer the Museum & Aquarium will offer 7 camps spanning 7 weeks during the months of June, July & August for kids ages 5 to 13. Our summer camps are designed to provide a unique opportunity to explore the Mississippi River while having a ton of fun! Your sponsorship would help these kids dive into our one-of-a-kind summer camps-it's their ticket to Mississippi River summer fun! Click here to  


Special Thanks

A special thanks go out to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

for supporting our "Development 2.0" project, which works to increase the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium's capacity to engage donors, cultivate prospective donors, and empower staff to meet community needs.


A special thank you to Tim and Nancy Butler for being our first summer camp sponsor for 2015! We could not have done it without you and your sponsorship will help a least 10 kids enjoy summer camp this year. 

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.


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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.




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