From on-site adventures to outreach programs that rock, the Museum & Aquarium provides a wide variety of fun historic, cultural, and STEM-related programs for youth!

Customized Programming

Work with our educators to customize a program for your school or group. We can adjust our programming to meet your desired topic, age group and district requirements. Check out our testimonials to see how we have customized educational experiences for other local institutions.

If you are interested in creating a custom learning experience for your school or library, please contact our education team at 563-557-9545 x222 or TODAY!

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Overnight Adventures 

Here is an experience your scout and youth groups won't want to miss! You've never had an overnight like this! 

Grab your sleeping bag and pillow for an evening of exploration at the Museum & Aquarium. Do crafts and games that are fun for all ages before meeting some of the animal residents that spend every night at the Museum. Top off the night with a movie in one of our theaters before tucking in for bed in front of one of our exhibits.

Reservations include programming for the evening and admission to the Museum & Aquarium. An evening meal is not included; however, groups are welcome to bring a sack dinner or order pizza upon check-in before programming begins. Drinks and snacks are welcome (no alcohol is allowed). A light breakfast in our River’s Edge Cafe may be added for your group at an additional charge of $10.00 per person.

For groups of adults and/or children, ages 6+.  A minimum of 1 adult per 5 youths is required. To reserve your overnight date or receive additional information please fill out the inquiry form below.

Contact our education team at 563-557-9545 x222 or for details and reservations!

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Early Explorers

Early Explorer's looking at a turtle

Early Explorers is open to children ages 2-5 along with a parent or caregiver. Sessions are held monthly year-round. Programs include a variety of hands-on and active activities, including a craft and a game. Advanced registration is encouraged as space is limited. Those registering for a full year of programming will save!

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Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days in the schoolhouse

Experience life as a pioneer at the Mathias Ham Historic Site! Step back in time while exploring an authentic one-room schoolhouse, an 1833 settler’s log cabin, a lead miner’s Badger Hut, and the historic Mathias Ham House.

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Student Oceans Conference

The Student Oceans Conference is an intensive 2-day watershed workshop held at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, throughout Dubuque County, and on the Mississippi River. This workshop is designed to inspire a watershed stewardship ethic in students and build upon their confidence and individual environmental literacies.

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