Make your visit a day to remember!

Looking for a special experience to make your visit more memorable? How about adding one of our special encounters to your trip. We have opportunities for both the history buff or the animal lover. Are you both? The our traditional Behind the Scenes tour is perfect for you.

Stingray Feedings

Offered daily at 11:00 AM & 2:30 PM

Enjoy a memorable stingray feeding experience at the Delta Touch Tank!  Limited to 10 tickets per time slot. Must select the date of visit at the time of purchase. This experience does not require general admission.

*You could come in contact with shellfish while feeding. Accommodations can be made if you have a shellfish allergy. Please just let us know.

Cost: $12.00

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Behind the Scenes Tours

Offered daily at 10:30 AM

Spend time with one of our experienced staff members behind the scenes as you visit a variety of rooms used to care for and house our living collections. See where food is prepared, learn about our herp holding area, and meet an ambassador animal. Guests will also get to speak with our staff about what their jobs entail and help feed animals we care for. 

The experience is one hour in length and can be purchased in conjunction with general admission tickets or enjoyed as a standalone experience. It includes space for up to ten individuals. Call 563.557.9545 x213 to inquire about larger groups.

Cost: $25/person for members | $35/person for non-members

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Octopus Encounters

Offered daily at 2:00 PM

Did you know the Giant Pacific Octopus has independent brains in each of its arms? You will experience this firsthand at an octopus encounter. Shake hands with the Giant Pacific Octopus in an intimate experience with a member of the River Museum’s husbandry team. Learn about the species and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Eckstein Family Rivers to the Sea exhibit including the seahorse and moon jelly nurseries.

The experience is 30 minutes in length and does not require general admission. Encounters are offered once daily and includes space for one group of up to six people. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance, and the tour can be purchased online or at the box office.

Please note: Shellfish exposure possible. Please notify the tour guide if you have a shellfish allergy. The tour is not wheelchair accessible and requires walking up three steps.

While the River Museum offers special experiences, like all of our creatures, octopuses are wild animals. During this program, we request certain behaviors from our octopus but cannot guarantee they will be willing to participate. Your understanding is appreciated.

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x213 or

Cost: $125 per encounter (The price is per encounter, and does not change based on the number of guests in your party- up to 6 people)

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