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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. is also currently under construction. Look for our new and improved site launching in May!
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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Don't forget, that every purchase you make through iGive earns rewards for the Museum & Aquarium. Shop through iGive and help the Museum today!


1 Mississippi April Calendar
1 Mississippi

Join 1 Mississippi at their April events:

April 1 
6:30 - 8:30pm
Green Drinks at Inspire Cafe
Dubuque, IA 

April 18
STEM Festival
Clarke University Kehl Center
Dubuque, IA

Water Quality monitoring at
Catfish Creek
for details)
Dubuque, IA
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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.

The Children's Party scheduled for Friday, April 3 has been cancelled. 
FrogWatch USA - April 9th
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is once again proud to host FrogWatch USA. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.

Join us during the evening on Thursday, April 9th and become a citizen scientist; helping to track the health of our local wetlands and amphibians. 


Thursday April 9th


National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Meet at the large red paddle wheel.



To register, please contact Jared McGovern at

Yoga at the Museum & Aquarium - April 11 & 18, May 9 & 16
Try a unique, new class! Enjoy yoga by the Gulf of Mexico Aquarium in the National River Center. Classes are taught by instructors from Twisted Root Yoga Studio in Dubuque. Open to ages 16 and up, beginners welcome. Limited mats will be available to participants new to yoga. $15 registration fee includes day pass to the Museum & Aquarium (participants can leave after class and return).

To register, click here and select dates. Registration closes Thursday before each scheduled class. If space is available, registration will reopen through morning of class. 
Toddler Tuesday Program - April 21st
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  April 21st is "L is for Largemouth Bass" and May 19th is "M is for Mammal". 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

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!
Help Care for the Museum & Aquarium Animals!

Your monthly donation will help care for our animals. Help an otter or beaver with their annual vet exam, feed the ducks for one month, or support a year of breeding supplies for our critically endangered Wyoming Toad project. Start supporting now with your monthly donation by clicking:

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is enrolled in the Network for Good Recurring Giving Challenge Campaign. All monthly donations made by April 30 will count toward Bonus Challenge Rewards. 
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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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