On average, 175,000 visitors per year walk around the National Mississippi River Museum, which is a Smithsonian affiliated institute. Being affiliated to the Smithsonian has given the museum access to the Institute's vast collection of American cultural artifacts as well as fine art.
The main mission of the museum has been to preserve the history of the river and the river itself.
The museum is a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society, with two centers on the riverfront campus: the Mississippi River Center and the National River Center. The museum originally opened as the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum in 1982 before being expanded and re-organized into its current form.
The campus includes over a dozen aquariums featuring wildlife representative of that found in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and other river systems and deltas.
There are also outdoor exhibits which are home to several species of birds, thousands of fish, and turtles.
Truth be know the place is a hodgepodge of exhibits. Almost like someone woke up one day and decided to have this presentation here and that presentation over there and so forth and so on.
But I must say there were a couple of permanent exhibits within the area that were worth seeing and clicking away.
Hopefully next post 😉